oh my g god i was looking at this gif and thomas is wHISPERING SOMETHING TO GUYMAN WHICH MEANS THEY CAN HEAR WITH THOSE HELMETS ON AND THE CROWD BEING NOISY
dont they have in-helmet communication systems??
I DONT THINK SO BUT THAT’D BE FUCKING AWESOME
im fairly certain they have them for live performances so i wouldnt doubt they just use them casually
headcannon: during the show when they’re sitting in the audience they say dirty things to eachother in french using their in-helmet communication system and then giggle to themselves
that would be the best thing and i honestly dont doubt that while theyre walking through a crowd guy is like UFfuckfuCKUFCK THOMAS LETS LEAVE
They actually DO have communication in their helmets. Also air conditioning and built-in visual effects.
If you want to know more, there’s an entire documentary about the helmets right here.
The discussion over publisher-removed articles is of course a discussion over the reliability of archives. We are accustomed to being able to go back to published material long after the fact and to find a stable and accurate record of what was said. Traditionally, libraries have been the guarantors of this process: Preserving many copies, with no legal liability for the content (or at least less than the publisher might have), and with an institutional commitment to permanence and preservation. The “vanishing act” discussion highlights a feature of unreliability of e-archives that depends (1) on the physical malleability of the record and (2) on the slightly lower commitment to full preservation that a publisher might have. It is disturbing, because it is the tip of the iceberg, I think: If for fairly transient reasons, publishers will pull articles, when might not publishers prove unreliable for other reasons?
But the question that follows on this discussion for me is this: If we were to ask that not publishers but authors be the guarantors of permanence, self-publishing or publishing in institutional repositories where the author retains control over the copyright and disposition of his/her material — what protection do we then have to assure us that articles will remain archived, unchanged, in perpetuity? Are there articles I have written that I wouldn’t mind disappearing? Actually, yes. Are there pieces of articles that I would quietly change if I could? Well, interesting thought, sure.
Is it important that the record abide? Then should not all discussions of e-publishing for scholarly purposes include a discussion of preservation that includes not only the physical vulnerability of the media but their psychosocial vulnerability? What guarantors other than libraries do we realistically have?