Yes, I have been lax in my bloging duties. I apologize. I've been in a cranky mood lately. Here's a couple things that recently bothered me:
This is old news, but when the SciFi Channel renaming news made such a stir last week (as well as renaming suggestions), channel founder Tim Brooks was quoted as saying “The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular.”
This led to some rough commentary, but nobody seemed to mention the fact that genre films have dominated the top ten for years now, not to mention video games. The man's got a right to his opinion, but that statement is pretty fucking ignorant.
"According to many experts on the likelihood of intelligent life in the universe, a robotic civilization is the most likely one we will meet some day."
So reads the advertising copy for a upcoming book, one in which "a dream team of human and cyborg philosophers pursues the fascinating questions posed by humankind's encounter with a mechanical civilization driven by artificial intelligence."
It goes on to ask "Would civilizations that achieve interstellar travel be cyborg or completely mechanical? Would robotic civilization come with its own morality and artistic life, and how would these differ from those of the human world? What legal principles should control the interactions between utterly different forms of intelligent life?"
Yes, the people who think that there's substantive philosophical context in Baseball, Buffy, and Harry Potter have decided to cash in on the same gimmick with a franchise of shape-shifting toy ads, exactly half of whom (conviniently) are evil.
Transformers were never cool. It's not a mythos, it's a marketing campaign.
And my new book, The Epistomological Principles of Pokemon, will be out in the Fall.