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Maciej Cegłowski on how he came to love fandom, and why and how social media companies have it all wrong.

Fan is a Tool-Using Animal

Date: 2016-02-06 12:37 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] blamebrampton.livejournal.com
As a person in fandom and in publishing, that was a piece of genius, and I really, really like the writer. Thank you so much for sharing it! And I keep meaning to just give you a virtual hug and chocolate because you have had a lot of stress mixed in with the joy in your life lately, but I keep falling asleep on the sofa instead. So, HUGGGGGG!!!!!

Date: 2016-02-06 05:27 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] ellie-nor.livejournal.com
Aaawwwwww, thank you ♥ I am having the occasional bright day in a lot of blah ones, interspersed with crying jags. It's all okay, though.

Date: 2016-02-06 01:46 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] author-by-night.livejournal.com
I appreciate the heart of this post, but I do wish people would focus on the non-shipping aspects of fandom as well, of which there are many - in some fandoms more than others.

Slightly biased mini-rant aside, I do like this article. Sites don't get that. Livejournal kind of used to, I think, before the guy sold it to Six Apart. (I was so naive at the time. "It won't change anything, don't panic guys!" Heh. Just... heh.)

I initially asked what happened to fan sites (okay, I know what happened, 2002 came and went), but really, they had their own issues, especially because they weren't even professionals - meaning they could handle problems very, very poorly. I could go on all day, but will spare you - if you were a website person you know exactly what I'm referring to.* Still, at least they were truly part of the fandom and at least tried to do things that were best for that community.

I honestly think fans are going to end up "taking back" fandom, somehow. Because at the end of the day, it's hard to get big companies to truly appreciate fandom when that's not their sole purpose. They don't care about your slash, or your speculation, or anything else. :/ So I foresee fanzines or mailing lists coming back, or something along those lines. I should post about that, actually. I guess in short, I see the internet as a this restaurant that was once a cute coffee shop run by aging hippies who let the kids come in and play music on their guitars and stuff, but the couple moved to Florida, and now it's a huge chain restaurant everyone goes to.
Edited Date: 2016-02-06 01:51 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-02-06 05:43 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] opakele.livejournal.com
Interesting article. I don't write fanfic, but I'm always fascinated by people with a strong independent streak.

Date: 2016-02-07 04:16 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] stasia.livejournal.com
That is a great article! Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention. I'm off to spread it about. (And take another look at my pinboard account.)


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