This Week in Fandom by Olivia Riley

This Week in Fandom, Volume 127

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we dig in, isn’t baby Yoda so cute? He’s been all over the internet since The Mandalorian introduced him and he’s just too adorable. Feel free to gush and squee in the comments!


Who’s excited for Star Wars episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker? As fans all around the world are preparing for the last film of the trilogy, several trailers have dropped to tease us with new footage: an international trailer, a TV spot hinting at a spectacular duel between Rey and Kylo Ren, and a film clip where our heroes are in a frantic chase with Stormtroopers. A nostalgic and touching featurette was also released, reminiscing about the previous trilogies and discussing how everything will come full circle with this last opus. It’s a real emotional rollercoaster spanning from 1977 to 2019. You might want to have tissues nearby while watching, especially with the footage of our favourite rebel princess and space mom Carrie Fisher. Read More

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Open Letter to Verizon: Extend the Deletion Deadline for Yahoo Groups

The OTW Open Doors Committee has sent the following letter to leadership at Verizon to request that they extend the deadline for deletion of existing archives of Yahoo Groups files and messages by at least six months. This request follows Yahoo’s announcement that Yahoo Groups will be permanently closing, and deleting all previously posted material on December 14, 2019. The OTW previously reported on the Yahoo Groups closure in its posts Yahoo Groups Closure – What You Can Do and Yahoo Groups Closure – What You Can Do – Part 2.

Please respectfully contact Verizon’s Executive Team via email or Twitter with a link to this post requesting an extension through May 14, 2020. If you are tweeting, be certain to include news groups that have covered the Yahoo shutdown, such as CNET (@CNET), TechRadar (@TechRadar), Boing Boing (@BoingBoing), or The Telegraph (@Telegraph). Read More

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OTW Announces Fanhackers Relaunch

The team behind Fanhackers, the OTW’s project to make fan studies research accessible to fans, is excited to announce the relaunch of their WordPress site.

Over the past years, we’ve built a wonderful following on Tumblr with quotes from academic and non-academic research on fans. We’ll stick around on Tumblr, of course. However, the new site will be a more stable platform to preserve our content. It will also make it easier for us to expand to other platforms and to support non-blog projects that Tumblr can’t accommodate easily. This week will also see our Twitter account starting a regular schedule of updates, so if you’re active there please follow us!

What’s on the new site? The blog, first and foremost, and all the content shared by fannish and scholarly contributors since 2011 (remember when it was the Symposium blog?). We’ll keep filling the blog up with interesting news, quotes from new and old fan studies research, tips and tricks for tools and methods to study fan culture, and advice on how to contribute to the OTW’s open access journal Transformative Works and Cultures.

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