So I never did an #introduction but I probably should, so...
And also there's apparently a non-commercial version of cheerleading but that the company behind the commodified version sued the organisation over naming rights, so now they have to call themselves something different: https://thencata.org/
TIL cheerleading in America is so ubiquitous basically because it's a commodified monopoly that makes one single company a craptonne of money: https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/what-a-cheerleading-monopoly-says
I don't know why I'm surprised, but...
Also (while I'm on the subject) it's kinda.. wild that Hill has so many ~Thoughts On The Working Class~ when he's literally the son of a billionaire.
Like, at least King was actually legit poor before he became like one of the 20th century's wealthiest authors. And, yeah okay; Hill was born before King "made it". Technically. Just.
Also it's kinda way more obvious in the TV version (I think because Manx spends more time "young" than the book implies?) that this is totally at least a partial parody of TWILIGHT except, like. Aimed at a different market.
Except the thing is? If you're "parodying" something in that way? Yeah, you're not actually parodying that thing; you're parodying its *audience*.
Which... well. Ref. how fucking much this story hates teenage girls and 🤔 🤔 🤔
So... this has actually been pretty faithful to the book (at least the first main "era" of the book) which is... kinda unexpected?
Also Lou remains the best character and 100% does not deserve the fat shamey shit the narrative puts him through I stg.
(Which kind of like... the ~problematic elements in the novel are deeeeeeeefinitely more noticeable in the TV series. Like... yikes.)
"hey... that's good for the bushfires, right?"
Eeh. I mean, it can help control them but what it's actually going to mean is that all the loose topsoil and toxic ash and burnt shit is going to wash downhill, and very likely contaminate the ocean/a bunch of rivers/sources of drinking water.
So, like... y'know...
I had a dream I adopted a stray pet galah for some reason and we went to the pet store to buy it a “sleeping cage” (it was going to be free range when we were home) but the aisles of the pet store kept shifting and every time we found one bird cage we could never find it again.
Obviously this is my subconscious telling me it’s shitty to keep large parrots as pets.
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