Okay, so sm and I went to KCON 2016 in New York (well, Newark, but I guess it’s close) the weekend before last, and we saw SO MUCH COOL STUFF. Like, all the cool stuff. And oh my god, did I buy a lot of music afterwards. I’ll tell you, I went into KCON thinking of it as an academic experience — a look at culture, since I’ll be studying Korean dramas pretty soon — and for the price, with a whole cultural festival and two nights of concerts included, it seemed worth it. But, you know, we didn’t really know a whole lot about the bands playing. If anything, I was disappointed with the lineup, since two of the groups I really, really, really, really want to see went to KCONLA instead, and I just couldn’t justify the airfare out there. Because that would be taking it a step too far.
Moments before finding out that Elie Weisel, author and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, had passed away, I was contemplating commenting on a post on a website. It was a little thing, just a comment to point out that the photo gallery the site had published of a music festival was glaringly lacking the diversity of the attendees of the music festival. A little thing, but still an erasure of the opinions and presence of a sizable portion of the crowd I saw at the festival. But the login for the site was being a little wonky, and after a moment or two of trying to remember a password, I said to heck with it and moved on to facebook.
“it is with immeasurable sadness that we announce that author sir terry pratchett has died.
the world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds. rest in peace sir terry pratchett.”
i've been "working" on an armchair ethnography for about the past year now – actually longer, i guess – and i've finally gotten to the point where i can start working things out here, among friends. (we are friends, right? i certainly hope so.) so we're about to start on a bit of an epic adventure.