I have criticised the appalling misogyny and homophobia of Islam, I have criticised the murdering of apostates for no crime other than their disbelief. Far from attacking Muslims, I understand – as perhaps you do not – that Muslims themselves are the prime victims of the oppressive cruelties of Islamism, especially Muslim women. I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?

-Dawkins, Richard Dawkins event cancelled over his 'abusive speech against Islam'.

BookTube. It’s a Thing.

Issue 47

As I’ve started to shift gears to reading more books than comic books, I’ve come across something (a phenomenon?) called BookTube.

BookTube is not a separate site. From what I can tell it’s all on YouTube. Unsurprisingly, the people apart of this digital subculture refer to themselves as BookTubers.

So what does a BookTuber do? This is what I’ve witnessed:

  • They talk about the books that they have read
    • Sometimes this all the books they have read for the month
    • Sometimes one post is dedicated to a single book
    • Sometimes its a themes like: Great Sci-Fi Novels, or My Least Favorite Popular Books
  • They create and participate in Tags
    • It’s basically a questionnaire that they respond to in a video.
  • They do bookshelf tours
  • They review their book hauls
  • They offer advise for new BookTubers
  • They spend a lot of time editing (ok, I haven’t witnessed this, but it seems…

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“If scientific beliefs are just a particular culture’s mythology, how come we can cure smallpox and get to the moon, and traditional cultures can’t? And if truth is just socially constructed, would you say that climate change is a myth? It’s the same with moral values. If moral values are nothing but cultural customs, would you agree that our disapproval of slavery or racial discrimination or the oppression of women is just a western fancy?”

-Pinker, Steven Pinker: ‘The way to deal with pollution is not to rail against consumption’ (Anthony).

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