I was mucking around with Audacity, listening to songs in reverse. For the fun of it, I put on everyone’s favorite song, Blurred Lines. And shockingly, I heard something I had never expected to hear. Robin Thicke was fooling us this whole time. He wasn’t trying to be misogynistic, he wanted us to listen closer to the song and understand that he in fact does believe his lady partner needs to be treated with the utmost respect.
You might find it VERY hard to believe, but I implore you to listen very closely (with headphones if you can, because it can be hard to hear). The message I’m talking about comes in around the 30 second mark.
After the 30sec mark I just kind of stared at my wall for the rest of the song trying to accept what I just heard.
i know i just reblogged this but i can’t stress it’s importance oh my fucking god
reblogging for future reference (aka when I’m not in class)
“You represent some of the brightest minds that are aiming at the brightest stars in the sky… Be the next women to take the reins and succeed!”—Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan on girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (via statedept)
This is a great set-up, but I’m really sad that in this projected future with all this lovely tech, health care is still so fucked up. Like, they destroy the synthetic hearts when people’s bodies are cremated, even though they’re still viable. Why not continue the organ donation system with those incredibly expensive synthetic organs? How was there not legislation about putting them back into the system? These are hardware put into bodies, not actual squishy bits, there is no religious or moral reason to NOT reclaim the synthetic organs after the current owner dies. No wonder so many people are pissed off about this in-universe, and all the cops are like “wow, this sucks, we’re doing our job and people are dying because of it.”
Also, Other DRN (wish I had a better nickname for him) was fired from being a cop because he killed a guy. TO SAVE A SMALL CHILD. I BELIEVE KANT IS ON HIS SIDE THERE. Because they are rational beings with a set of consistent and universal moral rules which they are following, like humans, omg omg omg. Also, WHOA, robots are capable of killing humans! That is a very important detail I think that needs to be explored in depth. There’s a million subversive secret ways robots could kill people in this universe, if they are able to kill. Are there failsafes in place? Because otherwise, “whoops, human, I turned up the gas last night in the house … oh right you aren’t flame resistant.” Or even just little things, like controlling the cars (which Dorian demonstrated this episode he could do!) or proscribing the wrong medication “by accident” or shoving a human into traffic.
And he gets his mind wiped. *shudders* That is so creepy. So very very creepy. These robots should have personhood, legally, according to various schools of ethics, Kantianism for one, and possibly Utilitarianism if they can in fact feel pain and pleasure (which I think they can, they can certainly feel fear.) So the way they’re being treated here is pretty vile. I really hope that like, future seasons include a robot uprising where they get their liberty and rights.
Tl;dr: the ethics in this episode are fucked.
(Thinking about this made me look up an essay I wrote last year for my Ethics class, about robots and free will and sexbots. God I loved that class. It was intense but I loved it so much.)
isnt it kinda racist that they made the androids in almost human black? or at least some of them.
… ok so don’t feel like an ‘expert’ (if such a thing exist) but why would you feel that way? So far in the show only two bots are black – Dorian and Vanessa, and the fact that there is various ethnicities in the bots looks doesn’t scream racism.
Charlene (the redhead sex bot) wasn’t black, neither was Danica and if I recall correctly, the sex bots shop shown us various ethnicities in terms of looks.
And even the MX have more than only one ethnicity (although they often seem to be mainly white but maybe that’s just me?).
What you may argue, and rightly so, is that none of the human main characters in the show are poc (that fact bugs me more than the bots) – which is true, because Anna Moore is barely a character so far, though I would love if she was more developed later on (I really hope she will be looks coz she looks complex and gorgeous).
Personally, I don’t quite see how having African American looking bots is racist, considering not all of them have this ethnicity in their looks (we have some asian looking bots, thing I saw a latina in the show but not 100% sure and loads of white people obviously). It could certainly be so if all the bots – MX included - were black (especially considering the fact that the show often show us how bots are looked upon as lesser by humans), but it’s not the case here.
We know that there is more than one DRN with Dorian’s looks now, though we don’t know for sure that all the DRN are looking like Dorian – personally I don’t think it’s the case (though the show may later make me wrong about that), because MX also have similar models yet they don’t ALL have the same face (like the cylons maybe?).
The best could be to have another DNR, with another face to make sure (or you know, more poc humans characters too) but honestly I don’t see how the fact that some robots have African American looks is somehow racist in the context of the show so far.