April 16th, 2009

Today's rant is called, "Self, Why do you do things that HURT GOD?"

(has anyone ever seen Amityville Horror 2? shut up stop looking at me like that! bad horror movies are people, too. So there's this possessed kid and he, like, coaxes his sister into an incestuous relationship with him, which she feels really guilty about but goes along with, and then later when confessing the secret, she's asked why the guy did it, and she says, "HE DID IT TO HURT GOD!")

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Since we're ranting about bookstores and failure: I'm not sure why people are accepting the "glitch" story as the truth when we have repeated proof from Amazon that this was and still is an Amazon policy being consciously implemented. Amazon has said nothing about CHANGING its policy; all they have said is that a "glitch" called the policy to be implemented wrongly. No one seems to even be questioning whether that policy itself is wrong, but clearly - and this is what I fail to understand - books with GLBT content have been targeted as "adult" since at least February. We already knew that, we knew it on Sunday.

I am still outraged about this. And I hope you all are too. Oh, and P.S. - blaming "faulty customer service" on this is not only ridiculous, it's an irresponsible way to look at the problem. Customer service is NOT going to just "tell a customer what's on their script." A) the person I talked to on Sunday from Amazon did not have a script; B) most customer service support reps have no scripts; C) having worked, unfortunately, in customer service I can say with firsthand authority that no customer service rep is going to tell you, the client, any false data just to get you off their backs or make you go away, because first and foremost, our job is to cover our ass and make sure you don't call our manager later. If Amazon customer service reps were telling you in February that this was a company policy, then by god it was company policy in february.

What kills me is that people are reacting as though amazon's failure was slow reaction time, or failure to issue a full apology.

BULLSHIT. Amazon's failure is that it is ever, at any moment, equated GLBT content with adult content. Our failure as consumers is that we're still letting them get away with it. Because the underlying assumption is that it's okay to block "adult content" from the search results to begin with, and I don't think that it is. Sex toys, yes. But books? No. I don't think it's ever right to make a choice about what information to keep and what to withhold from the public, period. Not when you've already proven that your judgment about what is and isn't "adult" is, at best misguided but still hideously offensive, and at worst deliberately discriminatory.

Letting amazon get away with just saying "oops, our bad," and then letting them simply continue on with the same policy is the real #amazonfail.

two overly long posts in a day, what? if you'd had the week I've had, you wouldn't care either!

Livejournal, why did you not tell me that they're re-issuing Hikaru no Go with new cover art!

OH AKIRA AKIRA AKIRA AKIRA I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER *____* look look look also you have to click on the teensy hikaru stone to see the new covers but ZOMG LOOK AT THEM. the first cover is so beautiful, so so so beautiful. (You can also see smaller thumbnails here.) But the wallscroll cover is the best. :D i cannot resist the urge, looking at that picture, to exclaim: "AT LAST, MY ARM IS COMPLETE AGAIN!" this concludes your bizarre fandom crossover references for today, as well as your gratuitous "Aja starts blithering about stephen sondheim or hikaru no go for no reason" moment. okay, really, the more i think about it, i'm surprised i haven't made that connection sooner. sjfsdfjs;l but just. you guys. NEW HIKARU NO GO. :D :D :D :D :D I am just. this makes me so happy. so so so happy.

(i know, you are all going, but Aja, this isn't really new, there's just new art for old story, and in the meantime, over here is NEW PRINCE OF TENNIS about which you have said ZILCH NADA NOTHING, and Aja, where is your heart? and the answer, well, the answer is - I fell so far behind on still-running Prince of Tennis in 2007 that I never caught up - never finished the nationals or the OVAs! I DON'T EVEN TECHNICALLY QUITE KNOW HOW IT ENDS. my love for Tenipuri is at least partly the love for the moment of living that Prince of Tennis brought me. I still love the characters but I don't know that I'll ever be able to capture the moment in the same way. so it is still out there, this big giant unanswered blank ? for me, and so I prefer it to stay, for now.)

Continuing trying to note and review every book I've read this year:

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This concludes this overly long post. I thought I might try to work zombies and Hikaru no Go and Stephen Sondheim in together, but then it would be, like, Touya coming back from the grave, only instead of brains he'd want Goooooooooooooooooo so of course all attempts to ply him off with checkers and battleship would be to no avail, and then when he finally got to Hikaru's house, Hikaru wouldn't even realize he was Undead and would instead just be like, "dude, let's play," and even Undead Akira would sing, ~"NO ONE HAS EVER LOVED ME AS DEEPLY AS YOU"~. The End.