Links Roundup for 14 May 2012

Here’s a roundup of stories about the changing nature of fandom that might be of interest to fans:

  • Writing about the experience of moving from fan to pro, baseball blogger Joey Matschulat echoes the discussions of burnout that also recently made the rounds among television recappers, only this time discussing the revelations of fellow sports bloggers. “I still enjoy writing about this team…but my fandom won’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of being what it once was until the day I walk away from all of this, and it may never be the same. That’s just the way it is…I welcome with open arms the next wave of young, talented, hungry writers that want to try and make a name for themselves in the ever-expanding world of online baseball scouting/sabermetric analysis…but if you’re really going to commit for the long haul, be prepared to live with the unintended consequences of your decision.”
  • Some changes can be generational, as evidenced by the fact that kids can now go to writing camps that include fan fiction on the agenda. But changes in music fandom have been as much technological as they are due to cultural awareness. Nitsuh Abebe posted about how music fandom has gotten rewired in New York Magazine. “There are the rituals, for one thing. The youth of previous decades have fond memories of hand-labeling cassette mixes or scoping out the record shelves of party hosts; youth of today can eventually feel the same about, say, those ecstatic binges of discovery that keep you up all night listening to Korean pop. Physically handling your record collection is like wandering a neighborhood you know by heart, bumping into unexpected friends; diving into the massive catalogue of streaming music is more like being able to teleport to any city on the planet, an experience as daunting as it is freeing.”
  • More than one technology company has decided to target the fan market, but the real change is in how information flows through fan networks and changes the fannish experience. ESPN blogger and self-proclaimed “NBA junkie” Daniel Nowell tested the effects of social media on his game-watching by staying off Twitter for three weeks. “I’ve heard people talk about the power of Twitter as a community-builder, a way to sit and watch games with friends, but it had never occurred to me that Twitter was making the product of the games themselves more enjoyable. In fact, I’d come to think of tweeting during games as a distraction, and on the nights when I needed to do it for an assignment I treated it warily. But once I was off Twitter, I realized that what it allows members to do is experience the game all day long.”
  • Tallulah Habib of South Africa’s IT Web wrote about what she called “the fandom disconnect” between businesses that find fans the most potent of their marketers, and the entertainment industry, which doles out mixed messages to its audience. “Take, for instance, the approach of copyright holders on YouTube. By all means, they should ask the video site to take down content that is dumped straight ‘as-is’ onto the free channel. That’s piracy, plain and simple. But what of the fan-created content?” Arguing for the importance of fanworks, she notes the changing way that fanworks can affect the marketplace. “A music video taking a song from one artist and clips from a television show by someone else promotes both of them. For free. I personally have whole playlists of songs that I first discovered through these means. I have become interested in TV shows because I saw amazing videos about the characters. People have made money from me not because of cinemas or DVD specials or the radio, but because something I saw on YouTube took my breath away.”

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News of Note
  1. Julio Campos commented:

    Many individuals were physically as well as mentally abused as children. Many have grown to adulthood with feelings of abandonment because of abusive moms and dads. It’s time to stop rewinding that movie that’s replaying in your head!

    Everybody has within them the resourcefulness to mend and refashion their lives. In order to do this, you must be ready to let go of the past. You must quit reliving old, sad experiences over and over in our mind. When I remember an instance of bullying that happened to me many years ago, my stomach tightens up and my heart will begin to race as I remember that awful experience. It is as real as if it was occurring again.

    Not all children are lucky enough to have wise, loving moms and dads who live like the ones seen on TV. All moms and dads understand appropriate parenting skills.

    You’re not a child anymore. You are not bound economically and physically to abusive or neglectful parents. You weren’t given a option when you were little but now you can quit rerunning that memory in your head. By taking responsibility for our own behavior, we send a message to our body and mind that we are worthy of being loved.

    A person who was abused as a youngster relives that mistreatment, never being sure whose fault it is. The abused person can live a melancholy experience not knowing why nor when the next attack will happen. This youngster grows into an adult with a lack of self-esteem, always seeking for approbation from parents. The abuse is often repeated again in adulthood with the bully being a spouse, a superior at work or a so-called friend. This individual will continue to play the victim’s role for the rest of his or her life. He or she will never accept any fault for any failures in life.

    In order to abandon this damaging cycle, you must stop playing that “movie” in your head and be ready to produce a different, more self-confident one. This new version will have the victim of abuse driven not just to survive but to thrive as a capable adult. This new person will be accountable for his or her personal actions. He or she will be devoted to improving his or her personal fitness and health. This may seem easier said than done but we’ve got to find somewhere to start.

    You’ve go to make the effort to embrace positive thinking. Certainly, you won’t always be successful but it isn’t about keeping a win/loss chart. It’s about creating a positive perception about yourself. You can start this route to self empowerment by applying self affirmations about your strength and self worth.

    You must acknowledge that life must have balance. This means that you’ll have to consume a balanced diet, cut back on refined foods, sugar and fat and drink plenty of water. You can begin modifying your biological clock by getting at least seven to eight hours of of sleep every night. This will help you start rejuvenating your mind and body.

    One of the biggest barriers to feeling empowered is stress. Daily physical exercise will help you to develop endurance, focus and strength. You’ll feel empowered and confident instead of feeling trapped and paralyzed. This will permit you the confidence to speak up when you feel mistreated or abused. Working out regularly will help develop a strong body and a healthy mind.

    After you have established a healthy balanced diet, get plenty of exercise and establish healthy sleep patterns, you’ll be able to begin to work on strengthening your inner peace by learning meditation. Just five minutes of meditating could lower your blood pressure and give you your sense of well being.

    Prioritize your activities. Be careful to avoid becoming so consumed with these restorative activities that you end up making more stress. You can change anything that takes up too much time. After all, establishing a life with physical, emotional and spiritual balance is the only way to have a life full of positive energy and happiness.

    You are kind, compassionate and thoughtful of others. You even treat your pets thoughtfully. Start treating yourself kindly and compassionately. Quit grasping things that you cannot control. This is the only way to learn how to let go of the past and move on.

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