4: Vidushi Sharma on the HobMob

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On this episode of How to Spend the Summer, I interview Vidushi Sharma, the creator of HobMob. Over the past few summers, she has been working with a development team to make an innovative form of interest-based “social” media!

Interview Highlights:

On what HobMob is:

“[HobMob] gives people a relevant and thoughtful audience of people who love what they love, so that their posts are noticed and recognized.”

“We thought [the name] ‘HobMob’ was a good fit, because it’s about your hobbies, your interests, and the mob is the community on the website.”

“This departs from [traditional, friend-based social media sites]…It’s not about about who you already know…It’s more to the core of who you really are, what you’re actually passionate about, ’cause we want you to share that on the site, and we want other people to engage with you about those topics.”

On her inspiration for HobMob:

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4 Reasons This Indie “Social” Media Site is Worth Checking Out

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The HobMobcombines the best parts of Reddit, Tumblr, WordPress, and Facebook, but with a narrower focus: bringing people “with similar passions” together. These passions range from DIY projects to gaming, from literature to athletics. If you don’t see an interest that appeals to you, HobMob makes it easy to create a new interest or sub-interest about comics, Minecraft, podcasts, and more. HobMob enables you to find and form a community of people who love what you love. Here are 4 more reasons why I joined:

1. HobMob makes it easy to filter through content. You can sift though content by the interest it falls into by clicking the category icon.

2. HobMob was created independently. A 19-year old came up with the idea for HobMob! By joining the site you are supporting creative indie endeavors with your own content and comments.

3. Your readership engages with you. HobMob comments are a welcome break from internet trolling! In…

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Aug. 14: The Philosophy of “Frozen”


I love Frozen because of its theme of sisterhood and its poke at “love at first sight.” But the movie’s overall enduring message has a lot more to do with love.

The line that stuck out to me was “love brings out the best in everyone” from the troll song. Treating someone with love doesn’t transform them into a different person, but it can bring out positive attributes you didn’t know they had. Belle’s friendship with the Beast in Beauty and the Beast reveals “something sweet and almost kind” which even she didn’t see at first. It’s risky to judge someone you’ve just met because you have no idea what you’ll find once you’ve had a genuine conversation with him/her.

We’re not saying you can change her, ‘cuz people don’t really change
We’re only saying that love’s a force that’s powerful and strange
People make bad choices if they’re mad, or scared, or stressed
Throw a little love their way (throw a little love their way) and you’ll bring out their best
True love brings out their best!

Virtual Factory Farming

In Minecraft, players kill the cows, chickens, and pigs wandering the landscape and cook the dropped meat for food. Generating more food more efficiently has led many players to create automated farms with hundreds of virtual animals in enclosed spaces, bred only to be immediately killed to satisfy the player’s craving for a whole lot of pork.

I have no problem with these ‘virtual factory farms’ because they obviously don’t cause any pain to real animals. Also, like everything else in Minecraft, the animals are just another resourse for the player to use for him/herself. Each cubical cow looks and acts the same as the next. But it is surprising how accurately these virtual contraptions reflect the way we farm actual animals in real life (minus the minecarts).

“The Truth of Masks”: How to Describe Characters

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Wilde brings up the idea that the costumes and mannerisms of an actor “get[s] rid of any necessity for tedious descriptions” of their character. A play has the advantage of immediately depicting unfamiliar apparel and weaponry from a particular time and place. (It’s easier to get a sense of a 16th century clothing through a costume than through a lengthy written description of doublets and mandilions.) More importantly, the expression and demeanor of an actor serve to visually describe the character to the audience.

However, this is not unique to plays. Comic strips and graphic novels also show a character’s physical appearance while simultaneously revealing his/her personality within the action of the story itself. This can be used to great effect when the imagery in a comic contrasts or calls into question the meaning of the text.

On “everyday feminism”

The Activist Classroom

I’ve been a feminist for a very long time. I’ve self identified this way to students and in my research for my entire career so far. But when time came to name this blog, I hesitated about putting the word in the title. This wasn’t about being cagey; you can read about my feminist ethos on the “about” page, you can guess it from the title of my first solo-authored book (Violence Against Women in Early Modern Performance: Invisible Acts), and you can read my regular contributions to Fit is a Feminist Issue, which I always cross-post in this space. So my hesitation about labelling my blog “feminist” wasn’t about minimising or denying my feminist habitus. Rather, it was based in an anxiety about securing readership: I didn’t want the word to somehow limit the scope of the blog, for readers and, maybe, also for me. But what…

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