Journalists…

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What does this truly have to do with Stormzy?

When I look at certain news outlets and the stories they write about people, it’s clear that they’re trying to get a high readership. The headlines tend to give it away because at times, they can be damaging to the people who are named. Originally, I thought some journalists would consider that it might be kind of unethical but having seen as much of it as I have, I’m not sure that they’re bothered by what they write. To be fair, if a journalist constantly argued against the subject matter of the articles that they were asked to write then they’d probably get fired (unless they were freelance) and when you’re unemployed, your bills are still hard at work.

Is it wrong of journalists to write articles, knowing that they could be damaging to certain people? There’s always the chance of the organisation that the journalist is associated with being sued but it seems like a risk that a lot of people are willing to take. It’s a tricky situation in my opinion, because as a journalist you can’t stop to think about the feelings of the people you write about. It’s a cut throat business and if one person isn’t willing to write something then there are plenty of others who will do it no questions asked. The damage that the articles do to the people in question most likely don’t affect the journalists greatly since they have no relation to them. Ethically, the profession can get to the point where it’s considered despicable but, it’s hard to find a way around what’s required of you.

Don’t get me wrong, I reckon if a proper discussion was held about the ethics in journalism and what people are willing to do to put food on the table then maybe the standards associated with the profession might change but, at the same time, it’s a little much to ask. I think one thing everybody can accept is that journalism takes advantage of the interest that your average person has in someone else (celebrities in particular) as well as our attraction to sensationalised things. It might not always be respectable but it gives us something to talk about and from those discussions there are a lot of things that can come of them. No matter how much we chide journalists, for disregarding the respect that they should have for the names they write about, we do find it interesting and we respond which is justification enough for journalists and outlets to continue those same practices.

There aren’t many jobs that I can think of, if any outside journalism which are ethically shit but understandable in its own way. As much as I understand it, I can’t say I agree because I’ve seen news outlets target people, then try to wash themselves off their actions in a bid to self preserve which is pathetic.  The craziest thing for me in all of this is that there will most likely always be a space for journalism and ethically grey practices because there will always be an audience to entertain it.

Quick question time

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Quick question time

If you were offered your dream job but got told that you had to work between 15-19 hours per day would you take it? Not too long ago, I read up on random jobs that I saw people talking about online and I looked at the life of a mangaka (person who produces manga). There are only so many ways that you can say ‘fuck that!’ and sometimes, those two words aren’t enough to describe how unwilling you are to do something.

I looked into the pay and saw that in some cases it can be very rewarding but like other jobs, you’ve got to make a sacrifice. It turns out that your average mangaka works themselves almost to the point of exhaustion to put out content (kind of makes sense why there are so many good manga out there). Chances are that most Mangaka works at least 15 hours a day and don’t get enough time to have a good 6-8 hour sleep.

When it comes to jobs, we’re told as some point that we should do a job for the love of it but love only takes people so far. I’m all for following dreams but at the same time, I want a career with a schedule that works for me. I’ve been in a position where I’ve worked more than 15 hours in a day and I don’t see myself ever doing it again, even if it’s for a job that I really want to do.

With that all being said, I’ll ask again, if you were offered your dream job but were told that you had to work between 15-19 hours per day would you take it?

Thoughts on Devilman Crybaby

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A while back I started browsing Netflix’s anime selection just to see what it was like and that turned into a search for a good Netflix original anime. Finally, I found it! Devilman Crybaby. A very fucked up story about humans and demons which shows how fear is a serious shortcoming in humans and how irrational we can be as a species. The main character is Akira Fudo who is turned into a demon under some very unusual circumstances, he doesn’t fully become a demon as he retains the very heart and emotion that makes him human so he dubs himself a hybrid. A devilman.

I heard that this was Netflix’s best original anime by far and after watching Last Hope, I needed something to restore my faith in Netflix’s anime selection, especially considering that they have some really good original live action series and animation. Devilman Crybaby did that job but I now know to wade the waters of Netflix cautiously; the previous two Netflix original anime I watched which left me 0/2 on good anime aren’t exceptions to the rule meaning that going forward my expectations for any anime are pretty low.

Back to Devilman. The show has two very interesting characters, the first being the main character Akira and the second being his buddy Ryo Asuka. Akira is a mild mannered coward who is pure of heart and when he becomes a devilman, his personality completely changes but in spite of that he still manages to show the best of humanity. Ryo is more manipulative, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his goal, even if it’s of benefit to others which is shown a few times in the show. The interesting thing about these two is that they’re friends, more so in the anime than the manga and the consequences of the first episode really helps to drive home Akira’s willingness to believe in humanity. I mentioned earlier in the post that Akira gets turned into a devilman under some unusual circumstances and basically, it’s all due to manipulative nature of Ryo, yet despite what Ryo does to him, he accepts it and continues to become a demon hunter alongside him. Over the course of the series, both of the characters are shown to be very human in their own ways, as Akira has a lot of admirable virtues, whereas Ryo is more what you’d expect from a human in the sense that he ultimately wants to preserve himself and whoever is important to him.

The anime is made a bit more modern in comparison to its manga counterpart and is very explicit, so watching it in public is only for the fearless. I read the manga and it made me appreciate how the anime was handled because a few original characters were added and some storylines were changed. Despite that, I think the adaptation still remained true to the original source material and the original characters didn’t take away from the quality of the story, the show really didn’t skip a beat.

The story was more emotional than I expected, Akira went through a lot pain when he became a devilman. Every other episode he was close to, or he lost people who were important to him and when you put that with information you receive about him from the first episode, it makes it easier to emotionally invest in him and to see if he achieves his goal in the end. The further the story progressed, the more it felt like only a few people in the series truly deserved anything good. I wrote a little about fear and how it was a shortcoming of humans and this was displayed closer to the end of the series. The purpose of Akira as a devilman was to protect humans from demons but I couldn’t help think what’s the point? Without spoiling the show too much, it felt like by the end of the show, there was no redemption for human beings and they ultimately got what they deserved.

The art style was crazy, probably one of the weirdest art styles I’ve seen for an anime ever. I had to really get over it before I could start appreciating the show, it wasn’t terrible but the art coupled with the running animation was just…

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This is one of those shows that I feel I can’t really talk about how great it is without giving spoilers which is a shame. I’m glad I didn’t watch this first because it feels like my search for a good Netflix anime was rewarded. There’s so much to talk about with this series especially when comparing the differences between the anime and manga and how they both made the plot work. One viewing is all it takes to realise how great Akira and Ryo are and the situation surrounding both of them.

Other thoughts:

  • I heard this series inspired Berserk and I think I can see how
  • The ending was satisfying and unsatisfying at the same time
  • There are some rappers in the show and one of them sways a character by rapping to her so now I have to rap to any woman I like
  • Not really sure why characters didn’t always pay attention to the over obvious demon possessions in the show

Sports talk: Women

When it comes to sports, there’s a huge difference between how men and women are treated especially when it comes to pay. I’ve heard a discussion before where people ask if women in sport should be paid on equal terms with men. I don’t think it’s a good question to ask, from how I see sports it doesn’t make sense. It seems like one of those conversations that people have so that women don’t complain about it. I will say this, in certain sports, a real examination is needed in terms of how women are taken care of and perceived. It’s hard for the public to care about a certain section of sports, if the responsible sporting bodies don’t show that they care.

I don’t know how much women get paid in comparison to men when it comes to sport but my belief has always been that in sports you should be paid based on what you draw, then based on talent after but not on equality. Payment based on equality allows certain people to piggyback off what’s supposed to be a positive movement and it devalues the thing. That being said, I do think it’s good to ask if the same amount of money that goes into men’s sport should go into women’s sport. Women’s football (soccer) for example doesn’t draw as much as its male counterpart worldwide but FIFA should still look to give women’s football the things it needs to continuously grow in terms of quality and following. Personally, I think women’s sport should see similar levels of financial investment (I don’t know about advertising deals but definitely from the governing body) as a start; it could go a long way.

I heard that when it comes to women’s football, women have to pay for their own travel and they probably have to pay for other things (I don’t know how true this is) and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was like this across all sports. I’ll admit, I don’t watch women’s sport and again I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of men don’t but there are women that do. Even if women don’t watch, it shouldn’t have to be an uphill struggle for sportswomen to see themselves thriving in the industry. The chances are that there is a lot of potential for women in terms of what they can achieve and I think of Serena Williams as a great example. She’s easily one of the best and most marketable tennis players in the world and across sports there could be a variety of women who are superstars in their own right due to talent and how much they draw if more investment was put into their side of things.

I think some steps have been taken to improve the standing women have in sports over the past number of years. UFC allowing women to compete is one, WWE having three women main event WrestleMania (although I might have to talk about this in another post), Spain taking more of an interest in women’s football and FIFA adding women to their roster in games. The way I look at things, governing bodies across sports should do what they can to make women’s sport seem as interesting as their male counterparts. Every time I’ve heard about women’s sports in the past, it’s seemed like only the women involved in those sports had a true investment which isn’t good. There are plenty of benefits that come with women’s sport but I think they won’t be noticed until sportswomen and their craft get acknowledged and treated as elite.

Work thoughts: perfection

Is perfect a trap? People love saying that nothing is perfect because humans are flawed and all of that so I’m guessing by extension, anything we make is flawed, especially if we’re trying to make it in our image. It’s all a bit confusing to me, I won’t even lie, I sometimes think that the statement isn’t something that shouldn’t be read into too much but it’s also part of human nature to read into things that aren’t there.

Anyway… that first paragraph has nothing to do with what I’m trying to say but don’t feel like you’ve wasted time reading it because I appreciate you! I sometimes think about perfect and people wanting to get things just right and I feel like I get it but at the same time I don’t. Perfectionists like to approach their projects as if there’s going to be a point where the light shines and they know everything is right and because of that it causes things to take time. There’s nothing wrong with putting a lot of time into a project, but over time the definition of perfect can change and it can ruin everything.

I don’t see much that’s great with the perfection concept, I think sometimes it only serves to confuse someone’s vision. There can be a point where you decide that everything you’re doing isn’t good enough and it might even be high quality. I think the worst thing is when your expectations become so high that you mentally talk yourself out the goal you’ve set yourself. When you set yourself a goal, doing something of a high quality should always be the plan but a lot of care should be taken when the perfection thought starts creeping in.

Ideas are always getting better and the world is evolving everyday. Perfection in that sense is a myth.