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04 September 2013 @ 05:56 am
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ursulav on fandom and birdwatching
Maia Cmaiac on September 4th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
I don't really consider myself a birder, even though I do have very nice binoculars. But I'm good friends with an ornithologist and judging by what I've heard from her, the comparison is spot on.

I'm not convinced that SF fandom is "gray" because Worldcon attendees are on average older. Worldcon attendees are people who can afford the expense, and income tends to rise with age; so they're not necessarily representative of local/regional fan demographics.
Xiphias Gladiusxiphias on September 4th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
Also, there's no reason to go to Worldcon except that it's historically important.

And "it's a part of history" isn't actually a selling point for people who are totally comfortable with it being a part of history.
Maia Cmaiac on September 4th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think that might be the point the author was making -- that there should be more effort put into making Worldcon something more attractive and relevant than just "historically important".