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Media Update 4/9/20

April 9, 2020

This week is a special book review edition because I have been engrossed in these books lately. All three books were available in audio form from my local library.

She Said
by Meghan Twohey and Jodi Kantor

When the Me Too movement began to flourish like a genie’s bottle suddenly and finally uncorked, I was really happy. Sexual violence and sexual harassment are things that took me a long time to understand. I always believed they happened but, for some reason, I never understood why. It finally clicked with me over a decade ago when it was described as less of a sexual thrill and more of a dominance thing. Anyway, this book is written by the two New York Times reporters who broke the story on Harvey Weinstein’s mistreatment and abuse of so many women who passed through his life. However, it is not only about that. It is also about their story on his misappropriation of AIDS charity money. It is about Non-Disclosure Agreements in general and how many attorneys make a living on silencing victims for profit. It touches on the many cases of abuse perpetrated by Donald Trump. It is about the mistreatment of Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford during the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh. It is about how Trump’s own history colored his handling of the situation. It is about the Me Too movement’s evolution. I definitely recommend it.

Catch and Kill
by Ronan Farrow

This is Ronan Farrow’s book on his own efforts to report on Harvey Weinstein, efforts that were a lot rockier than the journey at the New York Times. At the time, Farrow worked as an investigative reporter for NBC, mostly working on the Today Show. After getting a lead on the Weinstein scandal, he was assigned the story. As soon as he started to gain some traction, his bosses tried to kill it. Eventually, the story was published through New Yorker Magazine. Farrow reads his own book in this version and he does a lot of voices and imitations but I think it comes off as endearing, not silly. Farrow is a consummate performer and it shows that he gets great joy out of it just like his mother. He is also a former attorney and the combination of journalistic and legal insight is very useful in telling his story. His story is less about the Weinstein story and more about the extraordinary lengths that Harvey, NBC, the National Enquirer, and so many others went to ‘catch and kill’ the story and many like it. It goes into detail about the actual spy agencies hired to intimidate, investigate, and surveil those trying to get the story out. It also goes into great detail about the inner workings of NBC. It chronicles the fall of Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw and how NBC tried to hide their culpability and complicity in the whole thing. I definitely recommend it as well.

Permanent Record
by Edward Snowden

During the Obama Administration, there were a great number of whistleblowers who sought to reveal the sins being committed by the US government. Many, if not all, of these people were severely punished and their lives continue to be absolutely ruined by the government. Edward Snowden is one of those people. Through journalists, Snowden revealed a secret spy program that was constantly monitoring all US citizens. No longer were they just surveilling suspected criminals, they were watching everybody and saving it all as a permanent record for each citizen. This is Snowden’s account of how he came to the decision to release this information and why he ultimately did. It is also a reflection on his life, a memoir that helps frame why he did what he did. It is a really charming tale of a young, curious kid from North Carolina who eventually got swept up into a terrifying bio-mechanical organism that never had the People’s best interest at heart. I also recommend this book.

Music of the Week:
ORESAMA – 流星ダンスフロア

The Ratler Brothers – Flowers On The Wall

IGORRR – VERY NOISE

Badflower – The Jester

Megan Thee Stallion – Savage

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Surveillance”
– I watched more Stumptown Season 1
– I watched more Prodigal Son Season 1
– I watched more Elementary Season 1
– I watched more Slasher Season2
– I watched more Bojack Horseman Season 6
– I watched more Black Lightning Season 3
– I watched more Penn and Teller’s Bullshit!
– I watched more Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Season 2
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 2
– I watched more Dirty Money Season 2

Deposition – A She-Hulk Story

April 4, 2020

Patsy Walker felt weird being out of costume. She usually did a lot of her work as an investigator for Jennifer Walters (alias She-Hulk) under the guise of Hellcat. That meant that she wore a mask as she crept around and figured out the truth of the matter for Jen’s cases. OF course, she did ask plenty of questions without the mask but she still felt like Hellcat when she was doing that. Patsy Walker was famous for her mother’s dumb soap opera. She felt so disconnected from that life. She also felt pretty disconnected from superhero life. She was happy to do some investigation for her old friend but also loved running the job agency she had founded while Jen was in a coma.

She also felt uncomfortable because of why they were sitting at the oak table so early in the morning. She glanced over at Jen. Jennifer Walters, Esquire was the picture of calm looking serious but with that warm nature that her best friends knew she had. Patsy knew that she was angry. Who wouldn’t be? Unlike her cousin, Jen could control her anger. She would remain professional and she would continue to conduct business in the interest of her client. Patsy was ready to go out and get revenge, maybe enlist somebody like fellow investigator Jessica Jones to help her. Jen would be so disappointed in that, though.

At 10:05, just 5 minutes late, the potential client walked in wearing a scarf over her hair and large sunglasses. As she took those off, Patsy saw how beautiful she was. Of course, Patsy had seen pictures in the paper and news footage but it was different when you saw somebody in person. Her name was Amber Guttierez but the public knew her as Lightblaster. She had been born with the power to generate and control light which she easily used for offensive and defensive capabilities. She had been part of the superhero group known as The Blockbusters, a C-level team that had achieved some notoriety as good crimefighters.

Jen stood up, towering over both Patsy and Amber with her gamma-irradiated condition. Patsy scrambled to her feet and tried to smile brightly. Jen’s smile came off as warmer and welcoming. Amber held out her hand and Jen and Patsy both shook it in turn. Jen gestured to the seat opposite where Patsy and she had been sitting.

“Please, Ms. Guttierez,” Jen said. “have a seat. Can we get you anything? Coffee? Water?”

“No,” Amber said. “I’m fine. You can call me Amber.”

Jen and Patsy sat back down in their seats. “Thank you for coming, Amber,” Jen said. “This means a lot to us.”

“I’m not sure how much I can help,” Amber said. “I just don’t know.” She looked away and down and Patsy could not help but feel for the woman. She knew something but was afraid to talk. If she did not talk, then the case was weaker for it.

“That’s ok,” Jen said. “We’re not about to make you do anything you don’t want to. That’s what we’re trying to stop.”

Amber looked at her helplessly. “I signed a paper,” she said. “My hands are tied.”

“There are ways around that,” Jen said. “We can help protect you. I know, why don’t we tell you what we have so far? That way you can see where you stand and with whom.”

“Ok,” Amber said softly and nodded, a little hesitant.

There was a pause and then Jen nudged Patsy and she blinked. “Oh,” Patsy said. “Right. It’s nice to finally meet you, Amber. My name is Patsy Walker.”

“The Patsy Walker?” Amber asked. “I’ve read all of your comics.”

“Yeah, that’s me,” Patsy said, trying not to show her annoyance. “Nowadays I work as an investigator.”

“And you’d be working on this case?” Amber asked.

“I already have been,” Patsy said. “Yours is not the only story we’ve gotten wind of. I have interviewed many young women with situations similar to yours. I can’t exactly name names but what we are seeing is a pattern of behavior. The superhero (and I use hero with extreme quotes here) known as Hardliner has exhibited a lot of inappropriate behavior. He has been aggressively sexual with over a dozen different superheroines and probably more. He might even have done the same to civilians.”

“I’m not the only one?” Amber asked, tears starting to form in her eyes.

“You’re not alone,” Jen said. “We’re here to tell you that if you choose to move forward with us, then you will have company. He did this to other girls and that will not stand.”

“Are you telling me that he hurt other girls? That maybe if I had done something, he would have stopped?” Amber asked.

“He would not have stopped, Amber,” Jen said. “Guys like that do not stop until they are stopped.”

“How can I do that?” Amber asked.

“How can *we* do that?” Jen said, correcting her gently. “We do it by standing together. We do it by adding your story to all of the other stories we have.” She held out a box of tissues.

“Alright,” Amber said, dabbing the tears away. “I’ll tell my story.”

Patsy reached out and turned on her recorder and gave Jen a nod. “Whenever you’re ready, Amber,” Jen said.

(Marvel Comics was suggested by my friend Liz on Twitter)


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