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This is the best description of South Park (and their brand of apathetic conservatism) I ever read. 

It’s difficult to communicate quite how awful it is, in deep and fundamental ways. Its fractal badness is constantly reinforced by its moral bankruptcy in a weird and pathological way. The experience of watching it six days after The Caves of Androzani 4 must have been one of the most astonishing experiences in television history.

I feel like such a hipster when it comes to the Hamilton musical because I saw it at the Public before it went to Broadway and can’t help the snooty voice in my head that’s like I liked Hamilton before it was cool.

Honestly, when I first heard of Hamilton I thought it was going to be a retread of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Another musical from the Public about an American historical political figure using contemporary musical idioms. But I was actually okay with that because I LOVED Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

The thing is, BBAJ is a really great musical and one I love. Hamilton is a masterpiece, and one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen.

It’s clear that BBAJ came out while Miranda was still working on Hamilton, and one wonders if he thought it was stealing his thunder or would negatively impact the reception of his show. Maybe he knew enough not to worry. There are a lot of differences between the two shows, but the key one is probably the core detached irony and at times sophomoric humor at the heart of BBAJ (Ex: “I’m going to fill you with popula-jism!”) which probably has a lot to do with why it failed when it moved to Broadway. Hamilton, on the other hand, has its heart firmly in the world of human emotions and the plight of its characters. It’s not that it’s more serious, per se, but that it’s willing to be earnest about its characters emotions, while BBAJ has Jackson and his wife sexually cutting each other and talking about Susan Sontag.

And fundamentally earnest emotions are always going to carry your narrative farther and make it more approachable than ironic detachment and intellectual references, as much as we might appreciate those things.


The self-evidently correct way to do a new Star Trek is to set it in the 25th century while stubbornly refusing to answer banal questions like “but in which of the two universes.” And to drop in the AI singularity that is obviously the biggest absence in Star Trek as a conceptual entity. Lampshade it with something completely preposterous like “yeah, after we defeated the Borg we just…” And everyone is a posthuman trans-species cyborg in a post-scarcity economy in space, which is what Star Trek basically was anyway.

(Eagle-eyed readers will note that I’ve just invented the Culture novels.)

Except the Culture novels are emphatic in their rejection of the “Prime Directive”.

So I feel like we’re past getting a Star Trek show with merely a non-white male captain. How about a whole non-white-male cast? Isn’t the Federation supposed to represent the whole planet?


I just poked through my old arguments on this to see if I could reduce the case to a bare minimum that could just be linked to. Here’s what I got, in four parts.

1. The original “Definitive Moffat and Feminism” post, in which I sketch the broadest outline of the feminist reading of Moffat.

2 & 3. My TARDIS Eruditorum posts on A Good Man Goes to War and Let’s Kill Hitler, in which I apply this reading to what is self-evidently the edge case of Moffat’s work; where he grabs some serious and difficult feminist issues with both hands and plows forward.

4. My trollingly named “Steven Moffat is a Feminist and You Are Wrong If You Disagree,” where I tackle the bulk of the common arguments against Moffat’s feminism directly.

To my knowledge no detractor of Moffat’s has ever substantially engaged with these posts or offered anything like a refutation to them. They are, so far as I can tell, still the most definitive take on Moffat’s feminism to exist, one that takes into account essentially all counterarguments and deals with them.

I would be fascinated to read a refutation. Indeed, I wrote much of this in the hopes that the moffat hate crowd would respond, but they did not. But in any case, please, by all means, link this if you ever feel the need to throw down the gauntlet at a “Moffat is a misogynist” argument.

I have no idea; I’ve long since stopped buying Big Finish stuff.




Raise the minimum wage to a living wage.

Support Universal Basic Income.

No.  Get a damn job.

@your-uncle-dave (tagging because of chronic Tumblr issues with reblogs on my end that cause people not to get notified):


To be clear, I mean this on a very fundamental, philosophical level: why ought one’s basic survival be contingent on one’s performing wage labor? Particularly given that centuries of technological advancement towards automation have dramatically reduced the amount of human labor that we actually need in order to function as a society, and that excessive industrial production is directly responsible for looming ecological catastrophe? What is the value of this “get a damn job” ethos when it simultaneously appears that we cannot actually supply enough jobs for the whole society and that the carbon emissions caused by trying to do so are devastatingly destructive?

Saw someone cosplaying as the 6th Doctor at NYCC. I’m like, who cosplays as 6? It was @brightcoat of course. Well done, sir.

I think both Army of Ghosts/Doomsday and Stolen Earth/Journey’s End are properly great. Smith has it slightly rougher, but then, much as I loved it at the time and still do love it, I’m not 100% sure the Smith era is great outside of S6. And the Capaldi era is yet young, but I’m sure I can convince myself that Magician’s Apprentice/Witch’s Familiar is great if I have to. (As I’ve been fairly adamant, my reservations about it were as two weeks of television in September of 2015, not as ninety minutes of Doctor Who.)

this is a long story but its fucking great

okay so back in 2002 a man named tim buckley decided to start up a webcomic about videogames called ctrl+alt+del. this was its first strip

fucking stunning writing, i know. now it was early days, so you could argue that tim was just getting started, but the level of humor rarely went higher than this. despite proclaiming to be about videogames, the strip tended to focus more upon the idiotic antics of ethan (guy on the right), lucas (guy on the left), lilah, a female character introduced later on and zeke, a xbox robot ethan makes later on in order to be Wacky

the “comedy” usually came from ethan pretty much being so constantly a problem that it’s a wonder any of the characters hung around him at all, let alone extended periods of time. jokes were largely a set up followed by violence as the punchline, which might not be so bad if it wasn’t tim buckley’s go to punchilne when he couldn’t think of anything actually funny (which was a lot of the time). and it continually got worse as ethan continued to constantly be a burden to all his friends, yet they inexplicably couldn’t stop liking him and bowing to his every whim, even lucas, the alleged straight man to ethan’s manchild, and lilah, introduced as a No Nonsense Girl Gamer somehow becoming his boyfriend

in case you haven’t gotten it yet, ethan is very clearly tim buckley’s self insert fantasy.

the thing is, despite the comic being very obviously bad, it was REALLY popular. like it was an absolutely huge thing. teen boys absolutely lapped up the tired jokes and sitcom cliches and thats not even getting into the absolutely DIRE chef brian comics. actually no you know what i will go into them. here

this was about 2 years after the first strip, and you can start to see the art and comedy style that would come to define ctrl+alt+del as tim buckley pretty much officially gave up on putting effort into his comic

this was literally how he put together his comics: drawing hundreds of predrawn graphics and then sticking them into 4 panels

and since ctrl+alt+del was so popular, it REALLY went to tim buckley’s head. he refused (and really still refuses) to take any kind of criticism. he became very egotistical (he sued a fan for making a flash featuring the CAD characters) and there are some reports of him doing pretty shady things over the internet

and then he hit on his greatest idea

instead of sticking with comedy in a 4 panel strip format, he decided to introduce drama. characters growing up, getting married, learning responsibility…while STILL sticking rigidly to the comics newspaper esque 4 panel format.

everyone who knew CAD was awful was already making fun of tim desperately trying to introduce pathos into his verse of xbox robots and manchild antics, but his ego was bigger than it had ever been and he couldn’t be dissuaded, and in 2008 he had the storyline in which ethan and lilah get married, and lilah becomes pregnant

and then, just to ratchet up the drama, tim buckley decided lilah would miscarry.

the internet fucking lost it. a moment intended to carry great drama and meaning instead became the funniest unintentional comedy ever written. thousands upon thousands of edits and parodies were made (a sampling can be found here. some of them are pretty gross tho, being ripped from 4chan, so be careful) and its a moment thats become heavily engrained in internet/videogame culture. its gotten to the point where the most simplistic form of representing this comic (a series of straight lines) can be immediately recognisable as making fun of this strip

i didnt explain this in the greatest way and im sure someone can do it more elegantly since i skipped a few things but really the entire history of ctrl+alt+del is an amazing chronicle of one man’s ego

i looked up who this guy is and it seems like he hasn’t done almost anything of professional substance other than AMERICAN ULTRA, which seems sort of unwatchable. do people have thoughts about him? all i got right now is i hate every single picture of him on his IMDB page.



Classic Who // New Who Parallels

The Daleks // The Witch’s Familiar

Conservatives: Let's go back to the good old times of the 1950s.
1950s: Had 92% income tax for the mega wealthy which allowed for households with a single breadwinner. Had minimum wage high enough to get somebody through college.
Conservatives: No... not that part. The sexism and racism part is the one I like...






Melissa Harris-Perry: Nothing is riskier than being poor in America [full video]

Have I put this up on my blog before?

Fuck it, here it is again.

I love her.

Let me tell you, this woman is PERFECT. She speaks THE WHOLE ENTIRE TRUTH at all times. Every moment. Of every day.

i’ll reblog this forever


oh great, i finally cleared enough shit off this ipad my work gave me to do all the software updates! let’s look at itunes. usually i just shuffle through this one long playlist for a while…ok, now i feel like listening to some actual albums, like these three EPs from a sick new band! hm, itunes won’t just show all the songs like it used to, just album thumbnails for each artist, that’s suspicious. also it won’t tell me how long an album is anymore, which sucks because i don’t know if this stuff will fill up my commute without manually adding every song length. oh well, let’s just press play on the first record in the set. wait, i seriously have to Add to Up Next? can’t i just play a fucking…ok whatever, not a big deal. wait a minute…it’s ONLY PLAYING the FOUR SONGS on this particular record over and over – and it’s ONLY shuffling. there’s the shuffle button, but every time i press it it just goes to a different random song, it doesn’t turn shuffle on or off – or if it does, it’s not visible. fuck. fuck. ok, there has to be a way around this – apple stakes their name on making easy to understand products for a lowest common denominator like me, right? let’s look around…ah, here’s the Up Next controls, under this tiny menu icon in the far corner next to a totally different tiny menu icon that has to do with something else. that’s not very intuitively obvious, but maybe i’m just a dumbass. ok, now i can Clear Up Next, cool. now i’ll just use the Add to Up Next button to add everything from this artist, that should do it. wait what the fuck – ok it added all the songs, but in a COMPLETELY RANDOM ORDER. is this happening because i still can’t figure out this baffling shuffle bullshit?? whatever, fine. i’ll just drag the songs into the right order, it’s only 12 of them…oh weird, you can only drag up and not down. why the fuck would they do that? anyway, almost done–oh fuck, i accidentally touched one song, and itunes just pulled it out of up next and stuck it in now playing. ugh. it’s ok, i’ll just go back to the album listing, add the song to up next, and put it in the right order.

oh my god, it cleared my ENTIRE Up Next and just added a seemingly infinite number of the one song.

oh my god.

do any of you freaks know of some kind of music library alternative so i don’t have to go through this shit with itunes anymore? i mean i guess i could just try to roll back to the last version that i could stand but…why do i have to do this?

I use Amazon Music, which gives you 250 songs of cloud storage free (though music purchased through the Amazon MP3 store does not count towards storage limit). I then pay about $25 a year to upgrade that to 250,000 songs so I can keep my whole library, which is downloadable or streamable from the cloud onto my computers and my phone. It also has Prime Music built in, which is Amazon’s answer to Spotify with an admittedly much smaller library of music.

Full disclosure: I work for Amazon, but I had this service before I started working for them and I don’t work in the music group.



One of the largest improbabilities in the Doctor Who finale was that the Master had The Doctor’s telephone number, because if The Master did have it, wouldn’t they have been using it for years to prank call the Doctor?

I can only imagine how much fun The Master would have, calling up The Doctor to ask if his refrigerator was running.

i know i’ve reblogged this already but i can’t stop thinking about that prank call

the master calls up the doctor, asks, “Is your refrigerator running?” confused, the doctor goes into the kitchen and checks. the master has caused the refrigerator to gain sentience. it is, in fact, running towards the doctor. it’s also made the milk go bad


It really stuck with me how many names Alexander Hamilton gets called in his show. So this happened.

I’ve not. Io9?

I’ve not. Io9?




Criticism, Etc.