Links Roundup for 23 September 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about pros saying fannish things that might be of interest to fans:

  • Sci-fi author Nicola Griffiths posted about questions she was asked as part of a BBC series on the history of women in science fiction. which dealt with how gender and sexuality have been addressed in the genre. Some of her comments will resonate with fan fiction writers: “Realism, mundane fiction, can only explore gender in terms of What Is: what’s possible within the legal, cultural, and biological constraints of the reader and writer’s society. SF gets to ask What If? You could argue that SF is, essentially, a post-modernist genre, obsessed with not accepting fixed meaning.”
  • Communications scholar Nancy Baym interviewed numerous musicians for her presentation Biting and Feeding the Hands That Feed which focused on “broaden[ing] the discussion beyond what fans do to consider the richness of the ways those practices affect artists and creators.”
  • Singer Michael Bolton provided his own example of fan interaction in an interview about how his Saturday Night Live appearance as a movie fanboy, obsessed with the Pirates of the Carribean marathon he had just seen, has brought him new admirers. ““You won’t believe the people that are yelling “Jack Sparrow!” as soon as I walk on stage…I’m also getting high-fives from an audience that is not my touring audience — the 14- to 40-year-old male YouTube audience.””

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Links Roundup for 9 September 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about fan protests that might be of interest to fans:

  • Fans on Tumblr planned a Blackout Day to protest changes on the site on September 3. It’s not clear how effective the protest was in terms gaining the attention of Tumblr management but it may have had an impact on site traffic.
  • During Comic-Con in July, fans protested DC Comics’ decision to reboot many of their series, a change which erased or sidelined a number of female and minority characters and contributed to the reduced number of female creators at DC. DC cited fan concerns in their announcement that they would be preparing “new projects with women creators in the coming months.”
  • Numerous fan clubs for Michael Jackson have been protesting a planned charity concert in Wales to honor him, citing concerns about where the money will go, the invited performers, and the timing of the event while the trial of Jackson’s doctor continues.
  • A fan dubbed Clipper Darrell is planning to stage a sleep-in to protest the NBA lockout which will deprive him of seeing his Clippers basketball team. Although his is a solo protest, a group of Dodgers baseball fans have staged two protests regarding poor management of their team. While the effectiveness of these efforts is in doubt, the article concludes “you have to give fans credit when they are willing to stand up for what they believe in…This group of fans is doing something about it.”

If you’re part of a fandom on Tumblr or DC Comics, why not contribute your experiences to Fanlore? Contributions are welcome from all fans.

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Links Roundup for 29 August 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about fannish technology that may be of interest to fans:

  • Last week the Electronic Frontier Foundation posted about a recent U.S. court decision on the legality of online music storage. While noting that the court upheld penalties for businesses who don’t respond to valid takedown notices, the EFF concluded that “Overall, we were glad to see the Court get it right that music locker services fall safely within the DMCA’s safe harbors, which Congress designed to foster innovation on the Internet. MP3tunes and all the music locker services that have followed it give music fans more options for storing and listening to the music they already own, helping realize the promise of that innovation.”
  • While music fans have been adopting online music storage, many fanfic readers have been adopting eReaders to store and access their fannish materials. A recent survey by Nielsen concluded: “Looking at the data by gender underlines key changes in the eReader category. Sixty-one percent of all eReader owners are now female, compared to a mere 46 percent in Q3 2010.” Most significant is the growth in users 55 and older who now account for 30% of the eReader market compared to owning a much smaller percentage of similar technology such as smartphones and tablets. The AO3 has been proactive in the inclusion of easy downloading formats for text content, which is not only a convenience for fans but enhances accessibility for all users.

If you’re part of music fandoms or have long used eReaders to access fanfic, why not contribute your experiences to Fanlore? Additions to the site are welcome from all fans.

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