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(io9)   Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the worst Star Wars fan in the world   (io9.com) divider line 64
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2012-12-05 06:41:41 AM  

jonnyh: Nezu Chiza: Disney has nothing to do with it.

Define "nothing".

The show airs on ABC. Which is owned by... Disney.


Except that this episode was shot long before the sale was done.
 
2012-12-05 06:45:51 AM  

KrispyKritter: science fiction used to be a well respected form of writing. used to be.


No. Maybe for a decade or so during the New Wave.
 
2012-12-05 07:01:03 AM  

BowtoMogul: jonnyh: Nezu Chiza: Disney has nothing to do with it.

Define "nothing".

The show airs on ABC. Which is owned by... Disney.

Except that this episode was shot long before the sale was done.


And the 501st does this sort of thing all the time.
 
2012-12-05 07:18:25 AM  

fusillade762: AverageAmericanGuy: People who get new houses at the end of Extreme Makeover don't deserve it.

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And why not? Hell, TV shows should be our primary source of helping the downtrodden.  They get what they need and we get to feel like we're actually helping by staring passively at a flickering box. Everybody wins!


To be fair, when the home makeover shows (which are not new, does no one remember This Old House from the '80s? shiat's an American farking Tradition, but anyhow...) build someone a house, they get a house.

When Habitat for Humanity builds someone a house, they get a rickety deathtrap about as fireproof as a Molotov cocktail tied to a lit sparkler that's only technically better than being homeless.

I'm not kidding, if you're going to get a charity house, go for the TV show. Volunteers, for the most part, can't build anything worth a damn without a lot more than the usual charity org oversight, Habitat's actually been getting in some trouble for the results over the last few years.

KrispyKritter: science fiction used to be a well respected form of writing. used to be.


Oh, whatever. For every Shadow Out Of Time or I, Robot there were another hundred episodes of Buck Rogers and books by now-unremembered writers about seducing green space women. Star Wars was always intended to reference the latter, it's got goddamned space bounty hunters and characters entirely created for the toy tie-in, for chrissakes.

Just like how radio dramas about space explorers in the 50s would frequently end in a short about a villain defeated by delicious hostess snack cakes. Literature is literature and some of it's gonna be corny, man. Deal.

//Hell, Asmiov himself also put out Lightning Rod Prelude to Foundation, I bet you can tell from the original title how serious and high-minded that was.
 
2012-12-05 07:22:03 AM  

Jim_Callahan: To be fair, when the home makeover shows (which are not new, does no one remember This Old House from the '80s? shiat's an American farking Tradition, but anyhow...) build someone a house, they get a house.

When Habitat for Humanity builds someone a house, they get a rickety deathtrap about as fireproof as a Molotov cocktail tied to a lit sparkler that's only technically better than being homeless.


This Old House wasn't exactly the paragon of great construction and renovation either.

Link
 
2012-12-05 07:35:52 AM  

The Slush: A CHALLENGER APPEARS: 

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I do not have the suitably warped mind to know what's going on here but I have a vague idea. And while I am afraid to find out for sure, can someone please explain?
 
2012-12-05 08:20:36 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: fusillade762: AverageAmericanGuy: People who get new houses at the end of Extreme Makeover don't deserve it.

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And why not? Hell, TV shows should be our primary source of helping the downtrodden.  They get what they need and we get to feel like we're actually helping by staring passively at a flickering box. Everybody wins!

I was taking exception to the wording that claimed that these people were somehow deserving of the huge benefit they get. But as you say, it's not about deserving but about charity. Happiness and generosity are endless quantities that I personally think one should spread if you're lucky enough to have what a lot of people don't. I've got no problem with that. In fact, that's a pretty cool thing.

But once you start saying that people deserve something, that resolves them of gratitude, and we need more gratitude and feelings of indebtedness rather than less.

The bum who spits on someone who walks by ignoring his begging has no gratitude. He has no concept of receiving charity because somewhere along the line he got it into his fool head that he deserves the spare change of strangers.


But what about the bum who just fell on hard times outside his control? Who doesn't think he deserves it but people help anyway out of the goodness of their heart? Not saying that there aren't those who try to exploit this generosity in others, but it's a pretty damn cynical worldview to have the 100% absolute "all poor people deserve to live in squalor because they're poor people" circular reasoning it sounds like you're proposing.

The article mentions that the family in question had a firefighter in the family and they lost their home in an accident. If they had spent lots of time and money before that contributing to charity, do they DESERVE anything? IDK, maybe you're just being picky about the choice of words and going by what I've seen you post on Fark in the past I think you enjoy getting bites but it's a really strange thing to get pissed off that you perceive people to be without gratitude and instead have a sense of being owed something based on a random scenario you dreamed up. I think everyone deserves some TLC, even if they're broke or an addict or whatever. You could argue that they don't 'deserve' to be on TV but I guess we can agree to disagree. Just seems pretty joyless.

What makes you or I "deserve" our jobs, or our friends, or the life we were born into? Sometimes it's just a word.
 
2012-12-05 09:21:30 AM  

venerant: AverageAmericanGuy: People who get new houses at the end of Extreme Makeover don't deserve it. It's charity. They deserve to live in squalor.

It's fine to like a show or the morals it tries to portray. But it's a gift of charity, not something the people have earned.

You are the worst. It's hard to believe that there are some people in the world who can't accept that needy people deserve all the help they can get. It's not like you or me who can afford to spend all day judging people on the internet. I find your lack of faith truly disturbing.


TV is fake and no friend of mine.
 
2012-12-05 11:39:31 AM  

Nebulious: Is it George Lucas?


/I keed, I keed


No need to keed. He is without question, the worst Star Wars fan in the world, and more to the point . . . he just doesn't understand Star Wars.
 
2012-12-05 11:51:52 AM  

Tax Boy: [25.media.tumblr.com image 412x594]

I'll make 3 movies of shiatty fanfic and completely ruin both the Force and Darth Vader and then re-edit the original trilogy to make them suck with added extended musical numbers and alien frogs burping

/worst Star Wars fan evar


He did the ladder first.

//not that it makes it any better or worse.
 
2012-12-05 12:06:19 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: To quote someone more level-headed (Randy Milholland via his webcomic Something*Positive): It'll be like Marvel all over again. Sure they'll whore it out some, but no more than Lucas ever did. If you want to hate Disney, I can give you a fark-ton of valid reasons, but this isn't one of 'em.


That. You can't out-whore Lucas. You just can't.
 
2012-12-05 02:43:10 PM  
"Extreme Makeover" got a bit too extreme and left people with houses they could not afford (utilities, maintenance, property taxes). Some lost their homes. Link

The show was never about charity, of course. It was about making money for producers and contractors. Habitat for Humanity is about charity.
 
2012-12-05 07:08:46 PM  
Extreme Makeover may not be about charity, but the 501st certainly is. I'd love to be able to raise as much as they do each year for charitable organizations.
 
2012-12-05 07:15:44 PM  

Jim_Callahan: When Habitat for Humanity builds someone a house, they get a rickety deathtrap about as fireproof as a Molotov cocktail tied to a lit sparkler that's only technically better than being homeless.


Where did you get that opinion?
 
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