This blog started as part of a class assignment in 2015. As part of the assignment, it was meant to have a narrow focus. This started as a blog about representation of Disabled people in entertainment media. Over the last two years, I discovered I’m not terribly good at intentionally watching and giving commentary on media from a Disabled perspective. Especially not with any regularity.
So this has become just… my blog. It’s where I’m putting things that need more permanence or continuity or length than a tweet or Twitter thread can provide. I have hopes about writing longer form pieces that sum up some of my Twitter meta-threads and making an archive of the meta-threads, but I’m not holding myself to any kind of schedule for that.
The blog needs some work. I’ll get to that eventually, too.
A Note on the Title
The title of the blog comes from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. In Act 5, Scene 4, Benedick says to Claudio, “Man is a giddy thing.” His meaning is that humans are inconstant and changeable; however, I’m far more intrigued by the earliest meaning of the word “giddy,” which was originally another term for the ableist words “insane,” “mad,” and “stupid.”
Those last three words are among many used to marginalize Disabled people. But words can change, as the meaning of “giddy” did, and so can bigoted ableist attitudes.
These days, being giddy means experiencing disorienting excitement — which is a state of being I enjoy when I feel safe. I get excited about things. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably noticed that already.