You’d think that it’d be a simple matter to put a navigation header on the top of spotlight.syndicatehelios.com to match syndicatehelios.com, at least until you paste in the code and discover that there is a terrible twisted forest of overlapping bootstrap css classes. You descend into the brambles, intersecting names and functionality tearing at your clothing, your sanity.
Hours later you emerge, wild-eyed, the header almost but not exactly the same. Almost. You’ll never be able to unsee the difference. You secretly hope that no one notices.
i learned that the Twilight Zone was created after Rod Serling’s teleplay inspired by Emmett Till’s murder was heavily censored by networks and advertisers. The censorship led Serling to rethink his approach and delve into the era’s social issues through a filter of science fiction and fantasy (x)
“The writer’s role is to be a menacer of the public’s conscience,” Serling later said. “He must have a position, a point of view. He must see the arts as a vehicle of social criticism and he must focus the issues of his time.”
I’m printing this out for my wall.
It’s funny how often horror, fantasy, and sci-fi have been sanctuaries for progressive ideas despite (and because of) the world at larger considering them lesser genres.
There’s so much power in pulling back the curtain on assumptions, whether it’s tweaking a setting to show what horrors we have become too used to or by dialing up a piece just a little stronger to make readers/viewers question why the existing version is accepted.
Just a little image for the updated site. I finally replaced my computer from 2012 and then Illustrator crashed my new M1 mac at least 5 times, so hard I had to force restart the whole thing. Looking forward to an updated version of the program.