March 25, 2009 – Our own Naomi Novik appears on today’s broadcast of NPR’s All Things Considered, in a a story called Will E-Book Anti-Piracy Technology Hurt Readers? The aired program, as well as a shorter print version, is now available at the NPR website. Naomi is speaking against the DRM [Digital Rights Management] protection on e-books that mean that they can’t easily be transferred from Kindle to Laptop to iPhone. Naomi notes that: “The biggest danger to most authors, to most storytellers, is not that somebody is going to steal your work and pass it along — it is that nobody is ever going to see your work.”
AfterEllen has an article on femmeslash and fan art called Fan Art Empowers Queer Women, written by Danielle Riendeau. There’s links to some great stuff in Buffy, Xena, the L-word, etc. as well as vids. Well worth checking out.
Avi Santo’s latest contribution to in media res, a blog in which different scholars curate short video clips, is called, From ‘Heroes’ to ‘Zeroes’: Producing Fan Vids without Fans and talks about how the Heroes PR department have been creating promotional materials that look like fan products but without the hassle of dealing with actual fans. Santo asks, “What happens when fans realize they have been replaced by marketers schooled in their practices?”
Henry Jenkins, in collaboration with Xiaochang Li, Ana Domb Krauskopf with Joshua Green, has been writing an eight part series on spreadable media. Of particular interest to fans might be Part Four, Thinking Through the Gift Economy, which specifically takes fandom as its model, and talks about how fans have tended historically to resist the commodification of our labors of love.
Gillian Carr, writing in Capital Arts Online, a culture magazine written by Carleton University’s journalism students, has done an article called, Remix: The new DIY cinema that discusses fan vidding, political remix, anime vidding, machinema, and other remix forms.