The significance of plot without conflict
In the West, plot is commonly thought to revolve around conflict: a confrontation between two or more elements, in which one ultimately dominates the other. The standard three- and five-act plot structures—which permeate Western media—have conflict written into their very foundations. A “problem” appears near the end of the first act; and, in the second act, the conflict generated by this problem takes center stage. Conflict is used to create reader involvement even by many post-modern writers, whose work otherwise defies traditional structure.
The necessity of conflict is preached as a kind of dogma by contemporary writers’ workshops and Internet “guides” to writing. A plot without conflict is considered dull; some even go so far as to call it impossible. This has influenced not only fiction, but writing in general—arguably even philosophy. Yet, is there any truth to this belief? Does plot necessarily hinge on conflict? No. Such claims are a product of the West’s insularity. For countless centuries, Chinese and Japanese writers have used a plot structure that does not have conflict “built in”, so to speak. Rather, it relies on exposition and contrast to generate interest. This structure is known as kishōtenketsu.
"this world would be a whole lot better if we simply made the effort to be less horrible to one another."
There are so many types of bravery in this world, and baring your soul like that is near the top of the hardest. I could feel how difficult that was for her.
What an amazing speech.
You’ve read that Ellen Page came out recently. That’s the headline - the bit of information that people seem to care about because we’re obsessed with the personal lives of other people we don’t know. That’s not why you should watch this. You already know that headline.
You should watch this because a woman - who by all rights and objective criteria has been remarkably successful - stands terrified at a podium, haunted by her own past and the experiences of those who have gone through similar dehumanizing traumas, and thanks a room full of people who are trying to make those experiences a part of the past.
You should watch this video not because Ellen Page came out, but because of what lead Ellen Page to come out, and to get a better understanding of what every single gay, lesbian, transgendered, bisexual, and questioning person has to deal with in accepting who they are. Ellen Page is brave - but not just for publicly coming out. She is brave because of what she’s already been through and survived. This is speech is about thanking those who have worked so hard to allow her to come out, and trying to make it the world a little bit easier for those who see a similar journey ahead of them.
Don’t watch it for the headline. Don’t skip to the end. Watch this speech because it’s a eight minute speech that took decades to write, and because it takes the place of several million other speeches.
Twitter is testing a major redesign that’s very reminiscent of Facebook and Google+.
This will be such a bummer.
ONE DESIGN TO RULE THEM ALL.
We just learned about an awesome annual festival called the Afrika Burns Creative Projects or AfrikaBurn. It’s an official Burning Man regional event which has been taking place in the desert of the Tankwa Karoo National Park in South Africa since 2007. Like Burning Man, attendees gather to create a temporary city of art, some of which is fantastically set ablaze at the festival’s end.
The regional event, which most recently hosted approximately 6,500 people, follows the same eleven guiding principles as Nevada’s famed Burning Man festival, encouraging “communal effort, decommodification and total expression of the self.”
The theme for AfrikaBurn 2013 was Archetypes. One of the festival’s most striking installations was South African artist Daniel Popper’s 9-meter-tall, 3 level wooden sculpture of a man, from the waist up, with arms outstretched, entitled Reflections. The center of the giant’s chest cavity was fitted with a custom LED infinity mirror heart with 17 different simulations programed by Justin Eastman.
Click here for video of Reflections’ spectacular nighttime LED light show.
This is awesome. Africa’s burning man
This is the best thing I’ve seen on the Internet today.