". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Friday, January 3, 2014

Shaping Series Sherlock

"Sherlock and the Doctor," by Mark Lawson, is an interesting article about the current development in television series, particularly those that have appeal to fans of certain genres, getting shaped more by what the segment of serious fans want than by what writers think are best, in terms of character development and relationship development, structure and composition.

Further, Lawson has noticed that the fans' pressure to turn Sherlock into Who and Who into Sherlock - that always favorite thing of fans, mashing-up.

It's been noticed over here too, that for a while now, a clamor for good parts, all good parts, only good parts and the good parts that I think are the good parts to become the shows. It's a reminder of elements that make other kinds of entertainment different from how it's done in porn. In porn, we don't want foreplay, we don't want characters doing surprising things, we don't even want a story, we just want to see it, and we want to see it now and always and forever, world without end, amen.

The discussion, mostly, in the many comments in response to the article is about evenly divided, as to agreeing with the article's writer, and those who say, being British, "Rubbish, I love good parts, I deserve to get all good parts, I demand all good parts!"

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