A spacious 11,000 square-foot minimalist bookless library has been opened by Florida Polytechnic University. Instead of physical books 135,000 ebooks are available on the university’s four core subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The “Bechdel test” for female representation in films is now widely known. To pass it a film should contain two named female characters who have a conversation about something other than a man. In recent years, similar tests have been proposed for other under-represented groups, including the Mako Mori test for characters of colour, and the Russo test for queer characters. What are the strengths and weaknesses of such tests? How do they affect our viewing choices? And what does the popularity of such tests say about how popular media are being received and discussed?
Recent controversy over at Goodreads over arbitrary nudity violations has spurred many in the GLBT romance and erotica reading community to open Leafmarks accounts. And in an effort to welcome the group Leafmarks have implemented mature and spoiler tags to hide sexy and spoiler-ific content behind a clickable link, giving one the choice to view it or not.
Two custom tags: spoiler, and mature – can now be used in reviews, status updates, and comments. These tags collapse content into links “[VIEW SPOILER]” or “[VIEW MATURE CONTENT”] until clicked on to expand.