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 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.”
Will you be in the Los Angeles area on May 19? Then join the OTW at WhedonCon 2017, the fan convention celebrating the works of Joss Whedon. The con will be held at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California
Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt and Communications Staffer Claudia Rebaza will be presenting “Celebrating 10 Years of Serving Fans: Meet the OTW” on May 19th at 6pm. We’ll be in panel room C, in the Writing & Fan Projects track.
As our panel blurb said:
“Have you ever visited the AO3? Fanlore? Transformative Works and Cultures? A single fan-created and all-volunteer-run organization is behind all these projects and more, including education and legal advocacy in favor of fans and fanworks around the world! The Organization for Tranformative Works is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017. Whether you’re completely new to our work or our sites are among your favorites, we guarantee you’ll learn something new during this panel. We cover how these projects began, what resources they offer, how fans can take part and be informed, and the relationship between fanworks and copyright law.”
We hope to see some of you there!