[Worldcon] taught me a lot of things, about writing, about people, about life. But it also let me know that I’m invisible until I’m not, and it’s never for the reasons that I want it to be. My talent, my stories, my brain, the fact that I’m a fucking person who exists and is talking, none of that matters. When I do matter, those rare occasions, it’s my tits. It’s my ability to service your dick. It’s the fact that I’m a random collection of bumps and holes that just so happen to fall into the correct schema to spark desire when someone is drunk enough to not care that I’m not hot or young.
Marlee Jane Ward on visibility.
Marlee was Australia’s DUFF delegate to Worldcon 76 in San Jose. That is, she was the individual nominated and sponsored by the Australian and New Zealand fan communities to represent them at the Worldcon. Saying that she should never have been treated this way somewhat elides the fact that no one, ever should be treated this way… but especially not when they’re representing their region at an international conference.
The sheer parochially contemptuous disrespect would be staggering if it weren’t so depressingly common…
So I’ve mentioned before in various places that I do, in fact, actively write fanfic under a Sekret Alias1 that I keep separate for Reasons. The main relevant thing about Sekret Alias is that it’s my relaxation space; it has pretty much no social media presence, and I do nothing to actively promote the fics I write and post there, to “network” in fandom spaces,2 or whatever. Because all of that stuff is the stuff I find exhausting and disheartening about profic, so gods know I don’t want to do any of it in my downtime.
Because of Reasons, some definitions:
- Consumptive fandom, is primarily concerned with having “the most” of something. For example, “the most comics books”, “the most Lord of the Rings trivia”, “the most Supernatural convention attendances.” Often associated with “male” or “mainstream” fandom, i.e. the sort of fandom multinational mega-corporations find profitable.
- Creative fandom, also known as transformative fandom. Primarily interested in taking existing fandom canon and making it into something Other. The domain of fanfic and meta, but also fanvids and, in some contexts, fanart. Traditionally coded “female” and/or “queer” or otherwise subversive. Frequently in conflict with consumptive fandom, over what counts as a “real fan” in the context of that fandom.
- Curative fandom, often conflated with consumptive fandom but distinctly different. Curative fans are the tastemakers and “influences” of fandom works within fandom itself. Known for having “the best” of something. For example, “the best Venom MPREG recs”, “the best fandom meta”, “the best Rose Quartz fusion fanart reblogs”. Frequently in conflict with creative fandom, almost always over access and archiving.
More Thoughts On This Issue withheld, but… for the moment? This.
So some of you may have heard me whinge nostalgically about the Good Ol’ Dayes of longform fandom meta and how I miss things like metafandom round-up posts.
On the future of fandom.
Obviously I have a vested interest in this, and that is “federated platforms, duh!”
That being said—and in line with owlmoose’s observations—there aren’t currently many great options for federated media platforms, though hopefully projects like Peertube and Pixelfed will help in that regard…
Finish updating JournalPress.
- Probably update Avalicious!, too (I’m sure it has the same garbage code) and maybe WP_Flock (currently completely dead).
- Revive my old webring script (see previous comment re. garbage code).
- Have a crack at a “naked” HTML5 S2 base for Dreamwidth themes.
- Update Dreamwidth inbox checker browser plugin for Firefox.
- Maybe do an AO3 one, too.
This is still the greatest post on Mastodon and honestly if you’re not there you’re really missing out.