Wandering Eye: Criticism on lack of BPD body camera policy, a 'lesbian feminist haunted house,' and more

One of the fun things about being a feminist is that you sometimes get called a killjoy, or a humorless feminist, for speaking up about equality. It's best to take comments like that with a grain of salt, or maybe use them as fuel for making a really kickass haunted house, as the artists Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue did this year with the "lesbian feminist haunted house" Killjoy's Kastle in Los Angeles. Originally installed in 2013 in Toronto, Killjoy's Kastle "was filled with trigger warnings, vulvas, and Valerie Solanas," writes Phoenix Tso for Broadly. Taken the wrong way, this installation would seem to trivialize or make fun of issues that women face, but the writer maintains that it felt sincere, especially at one point in the beginning, where an actor says this: "I don't know what it's like for people here in L.A., but there is less and less actual space for queer women to go . . . Let's think of this space as our bodies creating that space together, even though it's ephemeral." (Rebekah Kirkman)

 

Google/YouTube has forced its top content producers to sign on for Red, its new subscription service, by giving them this choice: It's go red ot be dead. As Techcrunch reports, the video service is already removing/hiding the content of those who refuse to sign. "According to Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl at today's YouTube Red launch event, 99% of content consumed on YouTube will be still available, noting that the vast majority of creators signed the deal. But they didn't have much choice, otherwise they'd lose out on both the previous ad revenue, the new subscription revenue, and the connection with fans." The company has not detailed its revenue-sharing arrangement. Earlier this year it dropped to 55 percent of revenue. The arrangement only applies to the few people who were making a business of their videos. Normal users (who never get any revenue sharing) will not be conscripted. "In theory, if YouTube presented an offer that made creators more money without a significant loss of control, they'd happily volunteer," Techcrunch's Josh Constine writes. "But the coercion involved sets an alarming precedent about how YouTube and Google might work with creators in the future." (Edward Ericson Jr.)

 

We reported yesterday on the Baltimore Police Department's launch of a body camera pilot program, and how The Sun's Kevin Rector pressed officials on the lack of a written set of guidelines on how the cameras can be used. In his own story, Rector spoke with David Rocah, a member of American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland who served on the mayor's body camera task force and the state's body camera commission. Roach told Rector the lack of a published policy is "incomprehensible and utterly unacceptable." Rocah went on to say: "Body cameras are about transparency and accountability. That's why there is a national demand and local demand for body cameras. You can't claim to be transparent and then say those orders are a secret. It's beyond ridiculous." (Brandon Weigel)

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