Perhaps the first and foremost important characteristic to acknowledge about internet comments is that they are opportunistic. All their other features emerge from and are explained by this.


So DiGRAA – the Australian chapter of the intl. Game Studies research organisation held its first conference on Tuesday. I presented a paper based on some stuff I’ve been working on on the side of thesis, and which everyone had good things to say about. I’ll try and work that stuff into a proper paper soon as my thesis is done in July (fingers crossed) and maybe I’ll try turning the paper version into a video essay too. I think it’ll work well in that format.

But I was also on a panel to talk about the stuff I did with Critical Distance, which seemed pretty popular too. I met Scott Knight from Bond University who mentioned that a ton of his students read Critical Distance when doing games writing/research/work, so that was a nice surprise. The panel was recorded thanks to Maize Wallin of Glitchmark. Thank to Dan Golding for organising and inviting me to speak.

White people rap

Primarily, I needed to get these links out of a browser tab and into somewhere useful.

Aamer Rahman has a great 2 part “white rapper FAQ” which is essential reading for anyone who listens to any white rappers (that means: everyone).

Part 1 is here.

Part 2 is here.

Best quote?


Stop projecting your anxieties onto me.  You’re white.  You can do pretty much whatever you want. It’s a sweet deal.

There’s also plenty more I want to say about the need for caution whenever you go into another country’s context and just transplant yourself (either temporarily or permanently) like Azalea (ugh) or like a US comedian coming to Australia etc. Aus hip-hop (and, to the lesser extent that I know of) and NZ Hip-hop have been quite white for some time now, but it’s also always been intermingled with indigenous artists and groups too. There’s a complication there in the antipodean context that I don’t know how to address and I wish there was an Aus or NZ version of Rahman who could do some untangling of that issue. (edit: for some reason i thought Rahman was American??? I dunno how well he’s across Aus hip-hop tho, oh well w/evs.)

Oh, also check out “the unbearable whiteness of Emceeing” which is about how Eminem ruined everything. I need to come back and finish reading this, bc its really, really good.

me IRL

god i remember this song live it was SO GOOOOOOOD probably one of my fave live acts – probably bc they actually sounded like the album (i’m such a stooge – i just want to listen to albums)

Fuck me this mashup rules!