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Two words that should clearly enter common usage:

1. Textravert (n) (coined by [personal profile] badgerbag): a person (like me) who is more inclined to extraversion in textual format.

2. Dollhouse (v) (coined by takumashii:

To make excuses for the failings of a serial entertainment in the hope that those failings are going to be undercut any moment now, because they're just too stupid to continue as presented.

Usage example:

"I thought the last episode of Glee was kind of bad, but I'm Dollhousing it for at least a couple more episodes."

ION I am still extremely tired, and I promise to call the doctor tomorrow.

Date: 2009-09-28 02:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thingswithwings
To make excuses for the failings of a serial entertainment in the hope that those failings are going to be undercut any moment now, because they're just too stupid to continue as presented.

the amount of use I will be able to get out of this word is incalculable. And that in itself makes me kinda sad.

Date: 2009-09-28 10:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
NUMBER 1 is number 1 and eleventy, too!

Date: 2009-09-27 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Joss Whedon sure does have way of contributing to fandom's lexicon, doesn't he?

Date: 2009-09-28 03:44 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-09-28 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heh. That is exactly how I feel about Glee and Dollhouse.

Date: 2009-09-28 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have not been watching either show but have been following the discussions in fandom... which make them sound pretty awful.

Date: 2009-09-28 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They are definitely problematic. I don't find Dollhouse all that watchable, though I tuned in last week for Alexis Denisof (and I have no idea what he said or what role he played, because I was distracted by his (real) accent and was busy mentally casting him as Mitchell Hundred (

And Glee is very up and down for me; I like the musical numbers and when the non-white/straight/able bodied kids in Glee get a chance to do something, I like their characters too, but the show overall is not smart or subversive enough with its "ironic" characters or satire, so it often ends up being offensive or perpetuating stereotypes that (I think?) it's trying to address.
Edited Date: 2009-09-28 06:05 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-09-28 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's so funny, because I do not have TV at all, have not been watching TV, but I sort of feel like I have, because I've been reading these commentaries! What you say about Glee is what I've heard from others too, [ profile] were_duck and [ profile] raanve I think.

Date: 2009-09-28 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's a little bit interesting to me, all the commentary about Glee -- not that it's a bad thing at all. The opposite in fact, but I tend to think Glee isn't that much worse than most other shows out there with its portrayal of minority characters and yet people are talking about it. I don't know if it's due to Glee's theatrical tone, so the characters are a little more exaggerated/extreme, or racefail or what. But people are talking about it.

Date: 2009-09-28 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Absolute win!

In terms of CSI, I was Dollhousing it after all my favorite characters left or died. Then I quit watching for a while. Now I'm Jorja Foxing it, because they brought her back, i.e., watching a show because of a cheap ploy they used to get viewers back, that I recognize is a cheap ploy, but I'm watching anyhow, no matter how bad it is. Or perhaps if we go by character, it would be Sara Sidle-ing it.

Date: 2009-09-28 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hahah! Jorja Fox is pretty awesome.

Date: 2009-09-28 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ok everyone heap the crit on me, but I like Dollhouse! =p It was fun brain candy--sugary and bad for me, but easy to watch and fun. It's not going to be winning any art awards, but it's a lot better than some of the serials out there right now.

Date: 2009-09-28 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Dollhouse just skeeves me out too much. I have some friends who enjoy it despite its problems, and trust that it will go to a place where those problems are dealt with better (I think [ profile] mystickeeper feels this way); but a show based on a rape premise, that doesn't even admit it, is pretty gross IMO.

There's a review that states this really well at Strange Horizons (
(scroll down to the 2nd one, by Gianduja Kiss)

Date: 2009-09-29 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
For me, not only is the premise a huge problem, but the writing on the show doesn't seem very Whedon-like (the closest thing I saw to it was Amy Acker's character in 2.01). I mean, I watched Buffy and Angel despite the horror aspect because I liked other things about them so much, but I haven't found anything in Dollhouse to make me want to watch it despite its premise -- maybe that's the point and the show isn't for me, but I'm really not seeing its appeal, beyond pretty people in the cast, which is practically standard for all shows, or wanting to see certain actors (which is my only reason to tune in, right now). I guess I don't know how to view it in a fun, happy way because the premise doesn't strike me as something to be taken lightly, unlike, say, Leverage, my happy show, which is about thieves turned sort of good, awesome banter, and outrageous scarves and hats! (and without nearly so many issues.)

Maybe Whedon is trying to find a new way to tell stories, but I liked the similarities of theme and character archetypes in the Buffyverse, Firefly and Astonishing X-Men. If he went back to that kind of storytelling, I wouldn't mind. They weren't perfect stories, but I don't think they're as problematic from the get-go as Dollhouse (or Dr. Horrible, for that matter, which I think was a bit of a mess in how it ended up perpetuating some of the problems it was attempting to highlight and maybe subvert).

Date: 2009-09-29 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes! I agree completely. I was really uncomfortable with Dr. Horrible, and far too uncomfortable with Dollhouse to watch beyond the 2nd episode.

I love Leverage! It's great.


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