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Saturday, November 18 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Black Cinderella and the new Jim Crow: Media representation in post-racial America

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No matter whether it is consumed via broadband or broadcast, billboard or bus shelter, it is nearly impossible to ignore the constant stream of media imagery bombarding us all each day. Messages of hope, of despair, of commerce and compassion, it is easy to take this input at face value, to accept the image as presented--and the assumptions that come with it. This panel is about challenging those assumptions, in particular as they relate to fiction and popular media. Key topics will include race as a distraction from character default white and the proliferation of race blindness separate but equal for cosplayers The focus will be primarily on visible demarcations of Otherness during this discussion (race as a major talking point given our current social climate, but also key examples touching on gender, size, and mobility). This topic touches on a lot of sensitive points for many, many people, so expect open minds, tolerant hearts, and strong moderation.

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Roget Ratchford

Owner / Principal Engineer, Rose Eye Photography / Aperia Technologies
"Mechanical Engineer by day, body painter by night" has been the tagline on my various online profiles for over 15 years (gosh, how has it been so long!?) During my time as both, I have had the pleasure to interact with some of the most interesting humans I have ever met in my... Read More →


Saturday November 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
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