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15 September 2015 @ 04:08 pm
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Catherynne Valente and Alexandra Erin are not the Cool Kids. I find it strangely appropriate that Alexandra is posting from Hagerstown, MD, legendary home of Learned Elder of Fandom Harry Warner jr., a mostly good guy who was wonderful about encouraging new fans, but was a little old and conservative and not quite happy with girls in the clubhouse. (But I'm sure he never doxxed or SWATted anybody.)

Thanx to jimhines
Ulrikaakirlu on September 15th, 2015 08:43 pm (UTC)
I've been saying this for years: if fans and fan-types can perceive or imagine an in-group, they will leap to the conclusion that they are not part of it, not welcome, and can't play. That hasn't changed, and the most fannish aspect of the various self-styled puppies is their frantic insistence on being an out group.

But I do think the way that fandom talks to itself has moved mostly to one-to-many forms of communication, especially walled gardens like personal blogs, and let-me-summon-my-dogpiling-peeps forums like Twitter, exacerbate the problem by making it that much harder to find a common public space where people can be drawn into the circle.

Which, I guess, is my spate of whining for the death of Usenet for this week.
amaebiamaebi on September 15th, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed reading Warner's history of fandom-- and now I'm rather enchanted to have my impression that he was weird about women validated.
(no subject) - Tom Jackson on September 16th, 2015 01:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)