humanity

Humanity or geek-manity? Humanity topics include pieces on the real-life lives of geek advocates and influencors.

  • Annie Kapur
    Published 10 days ago
    No, You Don’t Need a Degree in Literature…

    No, You Don’t Need a Degree in Literature…

    Most people seem to think that you require a degree in literature of some sort in order to have a valid and more worthy opinion on which books we should be reading and how we should be reading them. We, in the world of the arts, tend to listen to scholars and academic hierarchies etc. which only means that we have lost our way when it comes to literature. Literature should be about the emotions of the masses. I mean, how many children have an opinion about Harry Potter who can also read about eight years above their own age? Pretty much none of them. Do their opinions therefore matter if they have not studied literature? Yes. In fact, it matters more because the book series in aimed at the children, not at the scholars. Books are hardly ever published with a target audience of scholars. So, this is an article about why you do not need a literature degree to have a valid, important opinion on novels and poetry. It will not only show you why you don’t need a literature degree to do this stuff, but it will also show why you possibly would want to get a degree in literature and guess what - it has nothing to do with validating your opinion on books.
  • Jade McCulloch
    Published 14 days ago
    Why Did I Start Posting On YouTube

    Why Did I Start Posting On YouTube

    About two weeks ago, I ended up leaving a toxic job behind. The job was so awful that I felt the need to vent about it, so I went on Reddit. I ended up getting the message shown above. Now, I have reason to believe this message is from a guy that I used to work with. This coworker does have a reason to be upset with me, as I do with him. We had a ‘friendship’ that went sour, but I was open to having a civil conversation with him.
  • Lindsay Rae Brown
    Published 17 days ago
    Audiobooks Saved Me When I Couldn’t Save Myself

    Audiobooks Saved Me When I Couldn’t Save Myself

    I’ve always loved reading. Getting lost in a book is one of the greatest things about being human. Our imaginations are these infinite machines that allow us to read a sentence and create universes in our mind’s eye.
  • Lindsay Rae Brown
    Published 17 days ago
    Eight Reasons I Might Be In Love with my Netflix Account

    Eight Reasons I Might Be In Love with my Netflix Account

    If there has been one unsung hero through this entire shit show of a health crisis, it’s been my old pal Netflix. Netflix has really stepped it up by changing absolutely nothing at all in its programming, reminding me of better days.
  • W.S. Klass
    Published 19 days ago
    The Source

    The Source

    Abstract W.S. Klass has a unique autobiography to be told. While telling it in its entirety would take up the space of a novel and likely make many people enraged over certain details being exposed to the public, this article will summarize the most important regarding him as a writer. Other moments mentioned are to show what drove and influenced Klass to write as passionately as he does. Klass will tell this story in a third-person voice and hopefully site a few outside sources along the way regarding his character.
  • Kathryn Milewski
    Published 29 days ago
    24 Hours Dressed As Sexy Patrick Star (A Memoir)

    24 Hours Dressed As Sexy Patrick Star (A Memoir)

    You know when you're looking through your closet of clothes, and you can visualize the great memories you've had while wearing them? A fancy sweater reminds you of a great first date, or a trench coat reminds you of a day you received good news. Sometimes we refuse to give away clothes we haven't worn in years because of the good times we've had in them.
  • Alyssa Curtayne
    Published about a month ago
    Warming our Hearts by the Hearth

    Warming our Hearts by the Hearth

    In many popular fairy tales, the family gather around the hearth: in Snow White and Rose Red, the bear is invited inside during the winter where they gather and tell stories and play. Cinderella swept the hearth and huddles around it at night and the Little Match Girl dies, cold and alone on the streets, burning each match while she watches families warm themselves inside by the fire.
  • S.R. Coleman
    Published about a month ago
    Book Hoarder

    Book Hoarder

    It all began when I was in high school. A good friend of mine growing up got anything she wanted; books, electronics, clothes. But the main thing she wanted and always received were books. She could care less for clothes, electronics, social media.... all that she wanted were books.
  • Caton Berry
    Published about a month ago
    At the Movies During the Pandemic

    At the Movies During the Pandemic

    Just the other day, I finally did something that I haven't been able to do in months. I went to the movies. Ever since I was a kid, going to the movies has been my favorite past time, as it has been for so many people. I was the type of person who would go watch films sometimes as often as three times a week, so my previous subscription to AMC Stubs A-List really helped me get out and explore not only films I wanted to see, but also films that I may not have gone out and paid money for normally. My local AMC is my theater of choice. The first film I ever saw there was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. At that time, the theater was newly built, and so going to see a movie there truly was a special event. The giant screens, the delicious popcorn, the IMAX, and the reclinable chairs have been enticing me for years. However, it pains me to say that my viewing of Tenet last week could possibly be the last film I ever see there.
  • Jonathan Meyers
    Published about a month ago
    Gatekeeping Is Dumb, And "Real" Fans Don't Exist

    Gatekeeping Is Dumb, And "Real" Fans Don't Exist

    Anyone who is a fan of anything in pop culture will tell you that in any fandom, there will be toxic fans. Which is true, and that can't be helped. However, it seems there is a growth of unnecessary gatekeeping and attacks on creators, artists, and other fans just to call themselves "real fans."
  • Byran Ferrol
    Published 2 months ago
    Oh Fatima...

    Oh Fatima...

    I’m sure you have all seen the latest ad that has recently gone viral on social media. If you haven’t here it is: Oliver Dowden's apology over 'crass' Fatima advert encouraging dancers to get IT jobs | HeraldScotland
  • Kaitlyn Dawn
    Published 2 months ago
    Magic the Gathering

    Magic the Gathering

    I met the love of my life through a dating app almost 2 years ago now. Whenever I would go on one of those apps or sites, I always read the profiles -- no proper profile = no chatting. I wanted a starting place, a thing I could talk about or ask questions about. Seeing his profile say "The dorkiest thing about me is I play MTG", well, I was excited!