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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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This Week in Fandom, Volume 50

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, apologies, but Eurovision is a mythical beast that is too great for this humble newsletter. Check out #Eurovision and #ESC2017 for flaily goodness, plus this indy100 article for a bit of controversy.


Syfy announced a rebranding this week. The Verge published an article detailing how the network is refocusing on fandom. (Warning for flashing gif at link.) In 2009, the name change was made from “The Sci Fi Channel” to Syfy in “an effort to capture a broad audience.” However, “the corporation now understands the need to do the opposite, by doubling down on Syfy’s roots. The end goal [according to network executive Chris McCumber], is to create a home ‘for fans to come in and celebrate the genre that they love.'” According to Collider, “[Syfy’s] focus will now be in four areas: science fiction (like The Expanse), fantasy (The Magicians), supernatural/paranormal (Channel Zero), and superheroes/comics (new series Krypton).” (Warning for potentially disturbing image at link.)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 49

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you celebrate Star Wars Day? Possibly by wearing glitter?


The big story this week is JK Rowling’s annual “Sorry I killed this character” apology on the anniversary of the battle of Hogwarts. Her 2017 choice was… a little controversial, to say the least.

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