Theoretically, Episode 5 of Civil Discourse is all about how far a content creator can control their creation upon its release to the world - but as with all things we're passionate about, our regulars Becka, Erica and Umar and guests Stuart (InfalatableDalek) and Adam (Zerokaiser85) go more than a little offtopic!

We cover topics such as Third Party Transformers, fan fiction, the sexualisation of My Little Pony, fan created games and more! 

PLEASE NOTE: THE 'DO NOT SWEAR' RULE HAS BEEN DROPPED as we were finding it interferes too much with the natural flow of the conversation, so there are a few swearsies here and there! 

Recommendations

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Regular hosts Becka (@tainkirrahe), Erica (@transsoundwave), and Umar (@speed_freak01) are joined by Stuart (@inflatabledalek) and Adam (@zerokaiser85) to discuss what happens when the media we consume is being created by people whose personal politics we do not disagree with. 

Stuart was previously on Episode 1 of Civil Discourse, and his book Transformation: Volume 2 is now available from lulu.com! 

Recommendations

Each episode we ask our hosts and guests to recommend something to our listeners! This week:

  • Adam is recommending “The Refrigerator Monologues”, a fictional novel written from the perspective of all the female characters over the years in comics who have been fridged
  • Erica would like to recommend coming to TF Nation! …But also going out and playing a fun game of Ping Pong with someone! Go out, have fun, be chill.
  • Umar recommends sitting down and watching Transformers: Animated because there will be a follow up comic exclusive to TF Nation! TF NATION GET HYPE, PART 2!
  • There is an Electric Cinema showing of Quatermass and the Pit near Stuart in Birmingham and both he and I enthusiastically recommend going to see it!
  • And finally, Becka recommends following @Ravenmaster1 on Twitter because he is a man who really loves his birbs - and also to rewatch Star Trek: Deep Space 9, because it is the best Trek. Fight her. 
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Regular hosts Becka (@tainkirrahe), Erica (@transsoundwave), and Umar (@speed_freak01) are joined by keen dog-spotter Isa (@EvilCleverDog) to chat about issues surrounding diversity in media.

We're taking a look at Marvel's Iron FistThe Great WallAladdin and the casting of Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who and discussing topics such as humanisation and assimilation tactics in culture. 

Recommendations

Each episode we ask our hosts and guests to recommend something to our listeners! This week:

  • Isa is a smart lady with plenty of recommendations to make! Here's her full list:

    • Korean movie Okja, available on Netflix - a fun and depressing movie about a magical pet and the food industry. Tissues advised 
    • The Dear White People TV series, also available on Netflix - recommended over the recent film of the same name
    • The Get Down, also also available on Netflix - directed by Baz Luhrmann 
    • The 1976 original Broadway production of Pacific Overtures (and definitely not the recent stage production with an all-white cast...) 
    • Naomi Klein's book No Is Not Enough
    • And Lindsey Ellis's video Pocahontas Was A Mistake, And Here's Why
  • Umar wanted to get down with the armfuls of recommendations and has opted for these this week:
  • Erica also also has several recommendations, because recommending stuff is fun!
    • The YouTube series The Gay & Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo for being a wonderful show with a diverse cast
    • Wanna meet the Civil Discourse crew? Well that's good, because we'll be attending the UK Transformers convention TF Nation! Why? Because it's the best damn Transformers convention in the world the UK organised by some very wonderful people, and if you're a UK-based Transformers fan who can find their way to Birmingham then you should definitely come and join in the fun! 
  • Becka is boring and only has one recommendation, but it's a good one! Author Jordan L. Hawk has written a beautiful series of gay paranormal romance/horror books about a gay sorcerer, his boyfriend, their lady archeologist friend and her kickass Indian husband set in the 1890's in America, and thoroughly recommends them if you're a fan of Lovecraftian horror and well-crafted mystery stories

As always you can find out more about us by visiting our website

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In this pilot episode of The Imaginarium, Paula, Andrew and Becka discuss two very important topcis from the world of geekdom: who would win in a fight between Scrooge McDuck and He-Man, and which 1980's fictional universe would it suck to live in? 

Please note: this episode was originally recorded in June 2015 (we know!) so some political references may just be a wee bit out of date! All future episodes will be recorded in the current space year we live in. 

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Show Notes

Regular hosts Becka (@tainkirrahe), Erica (@transsoundwave), and Umar (@speed_freak01) are joined by guest Matty (@MattyFranklyn) to discuss the rise of rhetorical incontinence (the corruption of a word’s meaning by repeated incorrect or misassigned usage) both on the internet in general as well as in the fandom sphere.

T/W: During the episode we will be discussing terms that have been and are being used as derogatory slurs. This may be upsetting for some listeners.

Please note this episode also contains some strong language.

If you wish to skip ahead to the fandom-centric portion then set your audioplayer of choice to 55 minutes!

Recommendations

Each episode we ask our hosts and guests to recommend something to our listeners! This week:

  • Matty recommends YouTuber Tom Avella‘s series ‘Buzzwords from the Right’, in keeping with today’s subject;
  • Umar has cheekily opted for two recommendations:
    • First up it’s a new podcast that breaks down bad films and builds them back up into an elevator pitch – handily named Elevator Storm!
    • Second is the Khidr Collective, a community for British Muslims who have recently published a zine – go check them out!
  • Erica recommends a Transformer. Specifically, a set of Transformers. Specifically, the Megatronia gift set – for all those who thought Victorion looked like a ‘sad watermelon’!
  • Becka recommends the Annihilation Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer – for all fans of weird scifi that leaves you reeling for weeks afterward!

Remember to check out our website for more information and our contact details!

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Show Notes

Becka (@tainkirrahe) is joined by Erica (@transsoundwave), Umar (@speed_freak01), Stuart (@inflatabledalek) and Dennis (@tformer90) to discuss why gatekeeping occurs in fandom, the concept of ‘casual’ fans, and the approach of curation vs creation in our favourite hobbies.

We cover fandoms such as TransformersStar TrekDoctor WhoKamen Rider and Sherlock.

Recommendations

Each episode we ask our hosts and guests to recommend something to our listeners! This week:

  • Stuart recommends The Man With The Golden Typewriter, edited by Fergus Fleming – Twitter before there was Twitter!
  • Umar recommends Carpe DM, an adorable DND podcast!
  • Dennis recommends Kino’s Journey, an anime about a road trip for self discovery with a talking motorcycle!
  • Erica recommends checking out Umar’s incredible digibash commissions to help raise funds for TF Nation! You can also donate to his Ko-Fi page.
  • Finally Becka recommends the a capella band Sons of Pitches, particularly her favourite song from their first non-cover studio album Utopia!

For more information about the show please head over to our website

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