Jimi Goodwin from the much-missed Doves has announced that his debut solo album, Odludek, will be released by Heavenly on 24 March 2014. Here’s a taster from the album, called Oh! Whiskey. It really is good to have him back. CS
Okay, so in act 4 scene 6, Henry hears more fighting and orders all of the prisoners to be executed. I’ve been doing some reading and my professor was talking about how this moment is a sign of…
Yes please! but with a whole cast for the entire rehearsal process and not at Saint Mary’s in the middle of July.
YES PLEASE. And preferably with a substantial sized cast.
I do want to point out in re: this conversation that the whole idea of following Aristotle’s unities wasn’t actually common in Shakespeare’s theater, so that it’s not really unusual that Shakespeare didn’t do it. The only person who insisted on it in the early 17th century was Jonson, and even he isn’t actually that strict about it* — some of his plays use multiple locations and have subplots, for instance, which are both things Aristotle advises against. Of course, Jonson wrote comedy almost exclusively, and Aristotle doesn’t have surviving rules for comedy (and for that matter Aristotle’s phrasings in the Poetics aren’t that prescriptive, he just says “these are the best kind of tragedies, the ones that do X, Y, and Z”). The stuff he gets tetchy about with Shakespeare are things like including comic material in tragic plays, and writing fantastical plots and things like that, rather than having subplots and not taking place in real time. But the whole “WE MUST OBEY THE UNITIES” thing doesn’t really come in as a big thing until later in the seventeenth century, and even then it’s practiced a lot more in French plays than in English ones.
*In the prologue to Volpone he claims to obey the unities, but the ones listed are actually not the traditional ones ;)
Yeah, I’m very aware that Shakespeare didn’t follow the Unities. You’re preaching to the choir a little bit.
Okay, so in act 4 scene 6, Henry hears more fighting and orders all of the prisoners to be executed. I’ve been doing some reading and my professor was talking about how this moment is a sign of Henry as a tyrant and stuff. What comes immediately after is the scene in which Fluellen is talking about the boys tending the luggage being massacred by the French. My interpretation of the “alarum” that Henry hears is that it’s the sound of the boys being killed, which prompts his response for execution
Yes, yes, I totally agree. I think Act 4, scenes 5 through 7 are meant to run concurrently. It’s a battle, so it’s all happening at the same time in different places. Shakespeare was one of the first (if not the first) playwrights to do that. Before Shakespeare, it was assumed that scenes run sequentially, that you couldn’t just cut to a scene that was happening at the same time somewhere else (see Aristotelian unities). I really don’t think that’s a stretch to assume that Henry’s order to execute the prisoners is a retaliation against the killing of the boys by the luggage train. It’s an interesting staging question, because it would be great to be able to see that cause and effect, that chaos that pushes Henry to make that decision. Now I’m getting ideas….
That’s how I interpreted it when I directed the play. The “alarum” was the sound of The Boy screaming. It just makes so much more sense in my mind.
I am rapidly realizing that Tumblr is truly DANGEROUS for social justice causes. Misinformation (whether deliberate or accidental) gets spread all the time, and it isn’t uncommon for such posts to get tens of thousands of notes before a correction is made. Said correction will get a few hundred notes at most (unless it’s a really funny mistake). It will often have to be repeated multiple times on multiple “waves” of that post, until the right person (someone with thousands of followers) notices it.
And on Tumblr itself, that misinformation getting noticed doesn’t change much. Tumblr loves nothing more than outrage, and will continue to latch on to anything worthy of it without checking. (In fact, the only recent popular “outrage” post that I remember being verified was one about the possibility of pesticides responsible for millions of bee deaths being legalized again.) Most commonly, these posts are of the “(privileged group) are evil” variety; no one cares to fact check them because either they’re so willing to believe these groups are monsters, or because they don’t want to be seen as supporting oppression. And so Tumblr continues getting people riled up about something that isn’t actually happening, or something that happened but is not nearly as bad as they’re saying.
But outside of Tumblr, this has a huge impact. People see Tumblr as a joke, even other activists off the site; off-Tumblr feminists, LGBT rights activists, etc. It’s not because Tumblr is “speaking out against oppressors”, it’s because we don’t have our shit together. We run on anger and not much else. There’s a reason almost every parody of Tumblr mentions “if you don’t agree with me, kill yourself”- rather than try and get people to understand, we lash out. We are not only completely ineffective at bringing about true change, we are hurting our causes.
I’m not saying it’s okay for people to give up on fighting for equality because of some idiots on here. If they truly care about equality, they will continue fighting no matter what, even if they leave Tumblr to do so. I AM saying that if we want to change things, we need to start doing things RIGHT. We need to start making sure all our posts are true. We need to stop with the infighting/Oppression Olympics. We need to stop wishing harm on people who simply disagree with us.
Did you know I have seen feminists on this site wish RAPE on people (men and women) who say they’re not feminists? Yes, that’s right. People who claim they’re for gender equality, and who say rape is NEVER okay and rape culture is one of the worst issues currently affecting our society, think it is okay to wish rape on someone in the name of gender equality. Though I don’t think the majority of Tumblr-ers would say that, I think that kind of attitude speaks to the mindset of many; “if you don’t agree with me, you deserve to have something terrible happen to you.”
The reason Tumblr isn’t getting things done isn’t just because of the patriarchy/other oppressive dynamics keeping people down. It’s because we’re a JOKE. I saw a post floating around recently accusing men’s rights activists of never doing anything; never starting any shelters or rallies. But when’s the last time WE did that? We’re slacktivists. Yes, I get that not everyone has the time or ability to go out in the real world and do the things that would help. But we claim that by sitting at our computers and typing about how “homophobia is the fear that gay men will treat you like you treat women” or “LOL white people eat the grossest foods” or “Cis people are people who have failed to rebel against the gender binary” is raising awareness and is just as important. IT ISN’T. Admit it- it’s a circlejerk. Most users don’t post to change things; they post to get validation from others.
One thing I briefly touched on above that proves that most Tumblr-ers don’t actually want change; the Oppression Olympics, which for those who don’t know, can basically be summarized as “I’m more oppressed than you, so shut up, my problems come first.” Tumblr has turned “privilege” into such a dirty word that Tumblr-ers are DESPERATE not to seem privileged in any situation. This defeats the entire purpose of identifying privilege. It’s supposed to be so that you know when to “check your privilege”, not so that you pretend you don’t have it so you can get heard first.
I’ve seen lesbians argue that gay men should DIE because gay men are “the most privileged in the LGBT community”; I’ve seen fat activists argue that starving people still have thin privilege; I’ve seen people say that Jews still had white privilege during the Holocaust. This isn’t the attitude of someone who wants to make the world better. This is the attitude of someone who wants to make themselves, and themselves only, happier. This is the attitude of someone who wants to bring harm to other people to feel better about themselves.
I’m fed up with the toxicity of this site. We are so much better than this! You guys are so smart, and creative, and passionate, and kind, and perceptive. We could do great things if we got ourselves together. Right now, we’re helping no one, and are most likely even bringing harm to the causes we claim to champion.
Something needs to change over here if we want to get things done