Andrew and Ben have both been beset by illnesses and had to reshuffle the podcast schedule. But the two most recent episodes were recordings of panels from Arisia, a great con in Boston. Ben recently spoke about that experience on his other podcast he hosts as part of his job, and it makes a great follow-up to the Arisia episodes. So come listen about why a podcast, in some ways, matters more to us than doing our strictly academic work.

Arisia is a greta sci-fi, fantasy, and general nerd convention in Boston you should attend.

Wide Eyed Christianity is Ben’s other podcast, and where the audio for this episode came from. Listen to a couple episodes if you found this chat interesting. 

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Andrew and Ben were both on panels at Arisia: New England’s Largest, Most Diverse Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention! This episode is from the panel Ben was on: Don’t Feed The Trolls” Doesn’t Work. Thank you to everyone on the panel for letting us record. Find their awesome work (other than Ben – you know him by now) and the description of the panel below.

“Don’t read the comments” is not an option for your own Facebook, blog, or other online community. How do we moderate this input? Is simply turning the comments off the solution? Moderating with a strong hand? Allowing people to fight it out? How responsible are we for the things other people say in our online spaces and what are we to do about it?

William C. Walker III is an inveterate gamer in multiple media, lover of sci-fi and fantasy, and veteran gm/dm/storyteller with over twenty years of experience running at least one game, and as many as three concurrently. He is a PhD candidate in Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University, with a focus in renewable energy policy. He has worked as a researcher in nanotechnology and engineering education. He is currently a doctoral fellow for Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies.

Maddy Myers is an Editor at The Mary Sue. She previously has worked for Paste Magazine and the Boston Phoenix. Her writing has also appeared at Offworld, iMore, Kill Screen, re/Action, The Border House, Slice of MIT and MIT Technology Review. She plays the keytar and sings in a nerdcore pop-rock band called the Robot Knights.

Mink Rose has been a part of the Arisia community for years, even before she began regularly attending in 2007. Though she enjoys being an attendee, she’s been doing more work for the convention in recent years, including finally agreeing to be on panels, and becoming an Arisia Corporate member. Mink served as the first Chair of the Diversity Committee for Arisia 2016. She continues to work closely with the Committee for the convention, and does her best to support intersectional feminist work everywhere possible. Mink Rose can be found on twitter & facebook sharing interesting information and connecting folks to resources for anti-bigotry activism. She remains an imperfect human being who is doing her best to get everyone to save the world.

Gabriel Valdez is an activist and media critic. He is helping coordinate campaigns geared to amplify and protect the voices of liberals and progressives – especially those entering activism and politics for the first time. He won national recognition in 2015 from the National Newspaper Association and Local Media Association for criticism focused on the historical meaning of art in the face of fascism. He has previous experience as an investigative reporter, campaign manager, and PAC database manager. It’s a strange place to find oneself at the intersection of politics, media criticism, and activism right now.

As always, thank you to Bright Primate for our intro and outro music. You can find them at http://brightprimate.tk
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Andrew and Ben were both on panels at Arisia: New England’s Largest, Most Diverse Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention! This episode is from the panel Andrew was on: On Shaming, Bullying, and Public Humiliation. Thank you to everyone on the panel for letting us record. Find their awesome work (other than Andrew – you know him by now) and the description of the panel below.

“SF/F fans are no stranger to bullying – many of us who were picked on for being different at a young age found refuge and escape in the other worldliness of fantastical books, movies, and newer media. The internet age of un-moderated twitter, 4chan, and Gawker has made bullying and harassment easier. The behavior surrounding GamerGate has practically normalized it. What can this teach us about forms of public humiliation and bullying, and what we can do to push back against it?”

Andy Hicks is, or has been: a writer, producer and occasional voice-over guy for WGBH radio and television, a musician, a sound designer, an actor, a cat owner, a husband, an author, an ADHD advocate, a human being, an odd duck, a host for storytelling nights and pub trivia, an angry liberal, a Time Lord, a test subject, an early-childhood PCE exposure survivor, a late night rock DJ, a writer of post-apocalyptic musicals, robot, a rocketship, a jet fighter, a paper airplane, and for a brief and glorious week, an escaped capybara. Oh, and he’s writing a thing for a Star Trek essay compilation called Outside In Boldly Goes 2, and is dragging old media kicking and screaming into the digital age. Probably.

Inanna Arthen is an artist, speaker and author of The Vampires of New England Series: Mortal Touch, The Longer the Fall, and All the Shadows of the Rainbow. Inanna is a lifelong scholar of vampire folklore, fiction and fact, and runs By Light Unseen Media, an independent press dedicated to publishing vampire fiction and nonfiction. She is a member of Broad Universe, New England Horror Writers, Horror Writers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, and Independent Publishers of New England. She holds an M.Div degree from Harvard and is an outspoken advocate for the Pagan and LGBTQI communities. She is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon, MA.

Heather Urbanski holds a Master of Arts in Writing and a Ph.D. in English, specializing in Composition and Rhetoric. Her first book, Plagues, Apocalypses, and Bug-Eyed Monsters: How Speculative Fiction Shows Us Our Nightmares, a bibliographic survey of the genre, combines her passion for SF as a fan with her academic career. Her second book, the edited collection Writing and the Digital Generation: Essays on New Media Rhetoric, focuses on the intersections of rhetoric, popular culture, fandom, and digital media. Her third book, The Science Fiction Reboot, a narrative analysis of reimagined works such as Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, was released in early 2013. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English Studies at Fitchburg State University.

Mark Oshiro did not fill out another lengthy profile for the Arisia program. But he is the author of and . He is also awesome, and you should check out his work.
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In case you don’t know, the 12 days of Christmas actually start on Dec. 25. So it is only appropriate that our holiday gift to you continues. Enjoy Ch. 5 of The Uncontrolling Love of God by Thomas Jay Oord. You may remember Tom from episode 17 of this show.

Look for the remaining three chapters to appear on the show throughout the rest of this week. 

Thanks to Thomas Jay Oord and InterVarsity Press for making this possible.

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If you are celebrating, Merry Christmas! And to everyone else, we hope you continue to enjoy our holiday gift: the audiobook of The Uncontrolling Love of God by Thomas Jay Oord. Today we give you Ch. 4. You may remember Tom from episode 17 of this show.

Every other day over the next two weeks we will put a chapter of his book up on the podcast. And look for an article on the website where you will be able to find all chapters as they are released. Leave comments and questions about the book on that article, and Andrew and Ben will answer them.  

Thanks to Thomas Jay Oord and InterVarsity Press for making this possible.

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Our holiday gift to you, the audiobook of The Uncontrolling Love of God by Thomas Jay Oord, continues with Ch. 3. You may remember Tom from episode 17 of this show.

Every other day over the next two weeks we will put a chapter of his book up on the podcast. And look for an article on the website where you will be able to find all chapters as they are released. Leave comments and questions about the book on that article, and Andrew and Ben will answer them.  

Thanks to Thomas Jay Oord and InterVarsity Press for making this possible.

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Whether you are celebrating one of many religious holidays taking place this time of year or just using this season to spend time with friends and family, we wanted to give you all a holiday gift. That gift is the audiobook of The Uncontrolling Love of God by Thomas Jay Oord. You may remember Tom from episode 17 of this show.

Every other day over the next two weeks we will put a chapter of his book up on the podcast. And look for an article on the website where you will be able to find all chapters as they are released. Leave comments and questions about the book on that article, and Andrew and Ben will answer them.  

Thanks to Thomas Jay Oord and InterVarsity Press for making this possible. 

As always, thank you to Bright Primate for our intro and outro music. You can find them at http://brightprimate.tk

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