If it’s good, it’s good.

Something amazing has happened in the past 15 years, I think.

sci fi ship

Sci-fi is nearly “mainstream.”  The flood of sci-fi, comic book, fantasy, and stories set in an alternative universe has brought a wonderful world of stories to our doorsteps. My friends who used to raise an eyebrow at the idea of going to a “weird movie with aliens or orcs” are lining up to read Game of Thrones.

Some who love the niche-i-ness of sci-f and fantasy culture may lament the fact that their beloved underground passions aren’t so niche anymore. (Great article on geekdom and marketing Dr Who popped into my feed today)

The quintessential Hipster™ refuses to like anything once more than a few thousand people care to think about it. These two attitudes come from the same source, I think:  priding oneself in being on the leading edge of a trend rather than on the bandwagon.

And hey, that’s cool. I get it. I too enjoy a tiny sense of pride knowing that I listened to Mumford & Sons long before they were popular in the US (but only because some other, more-musically-aware friends of mine had already started talking about them).

But really, people —

Good music, good TV, good stories: These are good because of intrinsic quality, not because they’re popular.  I agree that the popular taste can seem like the lowest-common-denominator, but it doesn’t have to be.

Why wouldn’t we be THRILLED that more people love the stories and tunes that we’ve come to love?  I’m excited that I can connect to more people now because of  sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, anime, and video games.

Living in 2013 is so cool.   Go watch/read/hear something you would have never considered…. and encourage the rest of us to do the same.

Good Read: Universal Access to Food [A bitter satire]

The whole question of health care in America dizzies my brain. I’ve been reading articles on health care reform for my entire adult life and I don’t know what we ought to be doing as a country.

I do feel pretty strongly that the massive economic disparity in health care coverage and accessibility is a top-priority problem, as is tort reform (to drop the cost of malpractice insurance). I wonder whether any reform will come of all this fighting — the corporate interests are so big; our political will to make hard choices is so weak.

This post from the blog YourBrainOnEcon gave me a lot to think about.  Take time to read the entire analogy and the closing comments.

Universal Access to Food [A bitter satire].

Eyebrow-raising: Global Wealth Inequality

The group who produced this video are short on research to back up their claims. That is a flaw. But I’ve seen many articles in the past year or two discuss the rapidly growing gap between the few people on the planet who own 50% of the wealth, and the other 7 billion of us.

At some point, we must recognize this isn’t the best situation….