Sad news for vid lovers this week: VividCon is shutting down. According to a post on the convention’s Dreamwidth community, 2018 will be its final year. Organizers say there were multiple factors that contributed to the decision. “We could make significant structural changes to VividCon, reduce programming, make it smaller – but odds are we would run into the same problems again before long, and in any case, something that different doesn’t feel like VividCon to us. We’ve decided as a staff to end on a high note and make VividCon 2018 the final run.”
Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you hear that “stan” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary? As both a noun and a verb!
The big story of the week is the Wonder Woman movie and its success. It has a 93% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, it grossed US$103 million in the US on its opening weekend, plus US$125 million in other countries, which is a box office record for a female-directed film. I’m not even going to touch on what mainstream news outlets have to say about the movie, because the fans have it all covered.
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.”