So I just got the email that lists the panels I’m on for WisCon 32! Now the original email only had three panels but this final one added one more. When I saw the panel that was added I couldn’t supress a bark of laughter.
Here are the panels:
Title: Captain Jack’s Big Gay Torchwood
“The 21st century is when everything changes, and you’ve got to be ready.’ Is Torchwood breaking new ground, or just depending on our prurient tastes to grab viewers? Or both? Or neither? How do the gay relationships on the show compare with the straight ones? Finally, let’s hold a comparison among the various gay kisses portrayed on the show. ”
Saturday, 2:30-3:45 P.M.
M: Naamen Tilahun
Mary Kay Kare
Title: Time To Put Down The Laptop?
“Everyone and her sister/brother/dog seems to be blogging these days. Do you find blogging a waste of creative energy and a bane to more polished fiction? Does talking about your process keep you from engaging in it? Counting your words rather than crafting them? Or do you think this is a false economy of scarcity? Does blogging actually help you write more, better, faster, better-crafted? If so, how? ”
Sunday, 10:00-11:15 A.M.
M: Alan Bostick
Title: Dissecting Privilege — Let’s Look At The Guts
“Few words are more likely to provoke a rapid, vehement response than ‘privilege,’ whether it’s agreement with, an accusation, or a fervent denial. What made this 9-letter word a 4-letter word? From its beginnings as ‘private law’ to the current bugaboo, panelists will discuss what privilege does and doesn’t mean, determine how we can get past fighting about the word itself, explore the situations and structures that lie behind it and reflect on the implications for societal change.”
Sunday, 2:30-3:45 P.M.
M: Laurie Toby Edison
Richard F. Dutcher
Title: Faux Diversity vs. Actual Diversity
“Firefly was set in an Asia-dominated future that mysteriously contained no actual Asian people. More recently, the Last Airbender features a rich variety of cultures and societies with details taken from many Earth traditions, predominantly Asian–and almost no characters who are identifiably not white. What is with shows that use other kinds of diversity (or just the trappings of diversity) to stand in for racial diversity? It may come from good impulses on the part of show’s creators, but is wrong, wrong, wrong in execution. We can talk about this in terms of racism, worldbuilding…possibly even (dare we say it?) cultural appropriation. Let’s discuss any and all shows that come to mind, either as bad examples or (hopefully!) as good ones.”
Sunday, 4:00-5:15 P.M.
M: Linda McAllister
Okay considering what I talked about on Thursday and what my friend Bankuei said tell me it isn’t hilarious that the panel they decide to add me too (Faux vs. Actual) has the whole Avatar thing in it’s description. So I got the email, I LOL-ed for a few minutes and then I started thinking about what I want to say in the panels I’m on. I already have a general idea for things I want to bring up in each panel, just wish I had my notebook so I could jot them down. Oh, well that’ll have to wait til I get home tonight.