Sep. 9th, 2015

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Posted in full at: at September 08, 2015 at 07:43AM

it-is-bugs <>:

andromedalogic <>:

direcartographies <>:

a moment of silence for all the fanfiction lost to the ravages of time,
unsalvageable even by the wayback machine, condemned to its final resting
place in the deactivated archives of fansites for now-syndicated television

#in the name of geocities angelfire and freewebs amen

If you know what that hashtag means, you’re old as balls.

blessings unto all the fandom archivists and their children.

Tags:fandom history, digital preservation, DWCrosspost

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Posted in full at: at September 08, 2015 at 10:23PM

Vidder Radio with Special Guest Luminosity:

This is several years old (2009??), but I thought it would be fun to start reposting them.

Tags:vidding, vidder:luminosity, fanvid, fan vid, fandom history, vidding history, DWCrosspost
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Posted in full at: at September 09, 2015 at 08:03AM







Note: I wrote this right around the time dashakay wrote her version, and am posting it with her blessing. I’m sorry if they overlap. I swear it’s entirely coincidental.

I don’t want to get involved in the whole drama, but I feel like maybe the OP should learn a little X-Files fandom history. And since my master’s happens to be in broadcasting and X-Files has been my fandom for 21 years, I can help you out.

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No idea what this is in response to, but just want to affirm its truth. I was in my early 30s when XF started. I hung around on a lot through the mid- to late-90s, pre-Haven. I communicated with a lot of other fans during those years. I don’t recall ever being aware that any were teenagers. Given that online access was still limited to early adopters, many of whom gained access through their jobs, that’s no surprise. We were absolutely operating under the assumption that the fandom consisted primarily of adults – I remember discussions about rating fics to protect ourselves from liability should minors stumble across our work (not to mention the disclaimers we included because of our worries that Fox would crack down on copyright violation). 

And at the risk of stirring controversy, I have to say, older fandom was, on the whole, nicer fandom. While there was certainly some conflict (remember shippers vs. noromos?), much of it was pretty civil, and the worst of it was nothing compared to what came later. I returned to online fandom a couple of years after the relaunch of Doctor Who, and I was pretty shocked at the flame wars, sporking, anon hate, etc. And it only got worse as time went on.

So if anyone is saying us old folks should GTFO, that’s just…amusing. I’ll be over here, enjoying the company of some of the lovely XF fandom friends I’ve had for a couple of decades now, and hoping to make some news ones, young and old. 

Interesting perspective from another OG Phile…


I was 13 when I started watching XF, and 14 when my family got our first computer: in the living room, on a 56k modem that could only be used after 10:30 because we had one phone line and my parents have a family business (they do not save people nor hunt things).  I was one of only five, perhaps six fans I knew who (after a fair amount of time) admitted to being under 21, and I was publicly “around eighteen” for a good, long while.

I’m rather finished finding kind ways to say this: fandom is not a youth space.  It is a subculture, a rich one with a very long history, pre-dating your parents, mine, and arguably even theirs (fun fact: the term “fan” was first used derisively to refer to largely female-identifying theater-goers at the turn of the 20th century, in reference to the belief they were ‘taking up seats’ by going to shoes they were not appreciating, only to ogle the actors.  Gee, sound familiar?).  Youth-oriented spaces within fandom are a fairly new construction, enabled by the rise of the internet and the ability of fans to connect with other fans, and share their enthusiasm for the texts they love, at lower and lower entry cost.  It’s a wonderful addition to fan culture but it is a ripple in the pool of fan history.  Fan space is not “youth space.”  There is a good deal of overlap, and it is very possible to make your space consist of only your peer group – regardless of your age.   But it is not a default and Tumblr’s insistence otherwise is absurd, particularly as it continues to utilize the aspects of fan-culture that are, let’s be honest, very clearly the work of older fans, from the OTW and AO3 to the changes in copyright law that allow for the sharing of high-quality gifsetst and fanvids, to a good portion of the fanfic and fanart you consume.

This isn’t to say we shouldn’t be aware of age differences online; we should be conscious of how we handle ourselves in all public spaces, particularly those of us on the adult end of the scale.  But that is exactly what fandom is: a public space.  And one that was built by, and for everyone.  There are other replies to this post that have backed this up with tumblr user-statistics and facts, and I’m not going to do that because frankly, I’m tired of chasing my tail over the absolute obvious:  fandom is not an age-related hobby.  Your younger sibling might be reading that Sherlock story you wrote, but it’s just as likely (if not more) that the last Destiel fic you read was written by your intro to American Literature instructor.  Because you might grow out of wearing that Cosplay Tardis dress in public on a day-to-day basis, but you no more grow out of having a Mulder funko pop on your office desk, or the “Star Spangled Man With A Plan” as your ringtone, than you will your love of listening to glam rock, or buying anything  with subtle rivets, or incorporating doc marten boots into reasonable day wear.  Because, say it with me now: fandom is a subculture.  You don’t “grow out of it.”  It incorporates.

Tumblr will just have to incorporate, too.

Is this sort of like ‘damn grannies, get off my lawn’? Because I’m pretty sure Granny planted the lawn upon which the children frolic.

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Together with our partners in the Re:Create Coalition, Legal has proposed two panels for the 2016 South by Southwest conference. Find out more about them (and upvote us!) here: Copyright & Creators: 2026 (featuring Legal Chair Betsy) and Fair Use Awakens: Classrooms/Libraries/Communities (featuring Betsy and Legal Staffer Heidi). You can also find out more about Heidi’s other proposed panels and suggestions.In August, Legal helped several fans, from several countries, with legal questions about copyright law, plagiarism, and fair use. They also successfully corresponded with the maker of an unauthorized Android app for reading on AO3. The app maker agreed to change the name of the app and make it clear in all promotions that it is unauthorized and unrelated to the OTW and that the OTW doesn’t provide support for it. Legal also took action regarding another unauthorized widget for Android that used the AO3 trademark in a confusing manner. Please be aware that the AO3 does not have an official app.South Africa is considering adopting a fair use provision in its copyright law. Fair use supporters are trying to make sure that the law actually protects fair use, and Legal is preparing to file a supporting comment. We need your help signal-boosting our request for stories from South African fans about how they’ve benefited from making and/or consuming fanworks. Please send your stories to our Legal committee. The last time we did this, for the US, the stories were amazing.Read more

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I was thinking about the post where I mentioned that people tend to relate very differently to fanfiction than rational argument in metas (which they do, of course), and then I realized that… wow, I really argue with fics all the time, in my head. It’s not that I accept them more, really. It’s really a major mark of a fic I’m loving if I just accept it and go with it. Sometimes I’ll just glance at a fic and then hours (and days) later I’ll be like, ‘and another thing….’ Oh man. It’s funny because I’m never like that with metas. Like,  yes, I get serious about my disagreements sometimes, but ultimately I don’t bother about the specifics later even if I remember them. It’s not that hard to be dismissive when the actual argument is as badly constructed as it often is (after one gets over one’s huffiness). With fics, even (or perhaps especially) what I feel are bad fics (whether or not they are), I’ll resentfully argue in my head about how this is wrong and that is wrong, and no nononononono. Like that’s a kind of weird power fiction has, isn’t it? Even if I strenuously and completely reject it, it really has me, somehow. This is especially true with fanfic, of course. I just don’t care about OCs in original fiction until they make me care (I mean, I also don’t care about most OCs in BBC Sherlock, but I think it’s pretty amazing how easily many people do).

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We talk and read a lot about the work of creating fanfics, but we often forget that reading a fanfic places the author in partnership with the reader. This is a thoughtful essay about that relationship. I particularly like this point, which is of course generalizable to any fandom and its fics:

For me, anyway, the reason I think I bother reading fanfic, especially about Sherlock Holmes, is because it’s like it’s seeing a shadow play with these action figures I’ve had since childhood. It’s someone playing with toys that feel like my own. I’m not just passively seeing someone else’s character muppets interact on my inner TV: I feel that I myself am playing with the fanfic writer and with the BBC creators collaboratively in a kind of long-distance alchemy, using these ‘toys’ that have meaning both for me and for them, but are viscerally a part of me. A writer (and a vidder, and a fanartist) can make them even more real, make them really move, make them do amazing feats– or make them betray each other or their own natures, which is unforgivable.

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