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#2 The Day Glitter Saved the World

This weeks blog post is about the elit piece/game Qiung’s Quest VII: The Death of Videogames. I know very little to nothing about video games, but I do know a lot about not fitting into the box “girl” – according to other people that is.

Quing’s Quest VII shows the ridiculousness of gender norms. I think Dietrich Squinkifer adresses something everyone can relate to such as not feeling like they belong or having their “elders” telling them they did something wrong. So even though the piece tells a story of gender equality or feminism, people who might not see themselves as someone who fights for these particular matters, still can relate to the overlining aspects of the story.

As a hypertext fiction the reader (who is also the main character) gets choices of what they want to do throughout the story. I think the main one is the choice of what You will do to your home Videogames once you’ve fought of the Gamer Police, the options are to: Save Videogames, Destroy Videogames og Get the helle away from Videogames. I think this is a comment from the author, that the reader have to make a choice on how to solve the problems caused by Gamergate (or in general problems with inequality). It is not an easy question to answe and in the end the only options are to destroy Videogames or let it destroy itself, it is to late to save what once was.

In the story language is used to emphasize the meaning of the text. The main vessel is The Social Justice Warrior, which is also what is used to eventually destroy Videogames (in my version anyway). There is really no question what the text is attempting, social justice for everyone, whether they see themselves as them, she or he. The “bad guys” of the stories are Misogynerds, a wordplay that I think adresses something in the real world. I think the word “nerd” is taken more as an insult, than the word misogynist (even though [I think] it should be the other way around), so the combination is great, especially when you keep the intended audience in mind.

The music that is used for the different parts of the story matches the contens of the pages very nicely. I think it’s a funny that some of the music is made by people in the LGBTQ-community, it underlines the main theme of the text.

Overall I very much enjoyed this piece of elit, everything from language to music to the visuals of the piece emphasizes its points. I think it is great to use humor as a weapon. This is a low-key way of letting people know you think they are wrong or mistreating more than half of the Worlds population.

On a final note I think we should all just appreciate for a minute how DEATH BY GLITTER would be the worst nightmare of toxic masculinity, and isn’t that just the perfect way for it to go?

 

Read more about Quing’s Quest VII  here: http://collection.eliterature.org/3/work.html?work=quings-quest-vii

 

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#1 Like Stars in A Clear Night Sky

Like Stars in A Clear Night Sky makes me feel like I’m sitting in a desert and looking up at all the beautiful and clear stars, while a fellow traveller – perhaps someone I’ve only just met, is telling stories of their life, a life so different to mine, and yet quite alike.

When first entering the piece by Sharrif Ezzat you see a black screen and hear a man talk in Arabic with english “subtitles”. While the titles of the stories within the piece are said out loud, the black screen get’s filled up with stars, some brighter than others. The brightest (or bluest) are his stories.

As mentioned the piece consist of different short stories, styled almost as poems, and each of them have some sort of existential questions at the end. “Is this life a test? / Is that why we suffer? / Or is that how we endure it?” (Shall I tell you about my uncle whose life is a test?) or “What will it take to make him happy?” (Shall I tell you about my cousin, whose palace is unfinished?). The questions make the piece stick with the reader, at least it did with me, and the desert sky and arabic voice made me think of a culture so different from mine and yet close to it.

In my first notes about this piece I wrote that the stories were about people who are unhappy, and I think that is true to some extend, but as I have read them again I think the main theme of these stories are love, both the happy and less happy (not necessarily unhappy). There is the story of a man who is married to a woman who despises the place he is from, but I think he still loves her, or sees the part of her he fell in love with, even though other parts of her are now showing. In that story you could say the unhappiness lies within the couple.    

In another story (Shall I tell you about my sister? Please let me tell you about my sister …) the unhappiness is coming from outside. The storyteller’s sister falls in love with a man below her social class, which her parents disapprove, and they try to break them apart. Within this story I don’t necessarily think the couple in love are unhappy, not always anyway. Therefore I think the main theme of these stories are the struggles of love.

There is also larger narratives that goes beyond the family and friends of the storyteller.  In the story Perhaps I should tell you that the whole world is determined to become my family I get the idea that it’s about refugees; “Some are scared and seeking shelter. / Some are confused and don’t know how they / arrived. / Others are overjoyed. / And have already / Started cooking the first meal.”. I think this translates very well to what people immigrating to a new country must feel, while it also illustrates that no one has the exact same experience. I think there is an element of social criticism in this piece, even though it is more obvious in some texts than others.

Overall I really liked this piece it made me stop and think, instead of just be “something I had to read for a class”. Apart from that I really think the layout of it is beautiful and the text, audio and visuals really suit each other.