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This Week in Fandom, Volume 51

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening. Before we start, did you see the OTW’s panel at Whedoncon this past weekend? We’re turning 10 this year, and in celebration OTW personnel Claudia Rebaza (Communications) and Betsy Rosenblatt (Legal) held a discussion about the incredible ride we’ve all been on over the past decade.


Related to last week’s discussion of the Shimadacest fandom, The Mary Sue posted an article about fandom callout culture. The article is a good breakdown of the phenomenon for those who might be unfamiliar with it.

“What I find more insidious and worrisome is when the importance of identifying and pointing out systemic fractures within society becomes a stick with which one can beat on fandom participants, wielded by a few who have appointed themselves the moral voice of fandom at large. There’s the content policing which suggests that certain restrictions should be enforced on fic archiving sites, beyond the warning system and content tags which exist precisely to help people avoid triggering content. Then there’s the bullying which masks itself through the appropriation of social justice movements and a callout culture which affords no scope for learning from past mistakes.”

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OTW Legal on the Overturned FCC Internet Privacy Regulations

OTW Legal has gotten some questions about Internet privacy since March, when U.S. lawmakers overturned regulations that had been set to go into effect later this year. The regulations were supported by prominent and knowledgeable people like the former head of the U.S. Federal Communication Commission. But they hadn’t gone into effect yet — what U.S. lawmakers actually did was make sure that nothing changed.

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