OTW Fannews: Self-Defining

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  • An article at The Mary Sue proposed talking to leaders in the fanfic and fanart worlds to get a better sense of what inspired them to create, how they feel about the higher profile, and how they see their work being devalued—not just in the media but from within the assumed safe space of fandom.” The article discussed community, representation, bullying, and mocking of fanworks.
  • MTV.com promoted a video produced by Amplify with fangirls defining themselves by what they weren’t, including taking a stand against RPS, and stalking celebrities. Amplify promotes music performers and is a Twitter-specific outlet that will utilize its auto play video. “As the ultimate live platform, we see Twitter as the ideal distribution network to reach a global audience instantly with the content they want to see and can’t get anywhere else. We want to create the MTV of 2015, reacting to news, music, technology, pop culture, and influencers within the hour.”
  • Following the trend of an increasing number of music and social media personalities, Officially K Music promoted VAV’s selection of a fandom name after voting took place on their social media accounts. However originality is becoming a problem. “Since Vamps was already chosen as a fandom name for another band, they changed the “s” to a “z” and viola! Vampz was created!”
  • The New Statesman reminded people that fandoms aren’t exclusively for any one gender. “[Y]ou might not have noticed that you were surrounded by female Star Wars fans all these years because you were the one who rendered them invisible. Women who like things such as Star Wars, or comics, or anything else that leads journalists to write those painful ‘not just for boys anymore’ trend stories, have had to take it from all sides. Enthusiasm for something seen as the province of men clashes with mainstream perceptions of femininity. Even women liking this stuff in the context of traditionally feminized fan spaces, like fanfiction, find themselves fending off assumptions from men and women alike, perhaps the accusation that they are sexualizing something too much, or they are placing too much weight on the emotional elements of a storyline. Basically, that they’re liking the thing the wrong way.”

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