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15 September 2015 @ 04:08 pm
We're all nerds  
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
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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)