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Fandom wrangling

In the last post I said something about "I was young and foolish then", and then sat trying to remember what song I was quoting - I knew it went on "I feel old and foolish now". Finally figured it was They Might Be Giants, Lucky Ball And Chain, and am now happily watching a live performance of it on YouTube. I love the internet.

Various people have linked to this - I think I saw the story on caitirin's journal first, and got this link from wilwheaton: Student punished for religious beliefs! A boy in America was suspended from for wearing what his religion ordered - a full pirate outfit. He's Pastafarian. The school objected to the eyepatch. I kind of love this story, because everyone who supported that British Airways woman with the cross will have to admit this is equally discriminatory.

Hugo nominees are out. I haven't read any of them, and the only TV/ film ones I've seen are the Doctor Whos, none of which I really think are good enough to win an award, and V For Vendetta, which I did like. I must go and track down the Geoff Ryman novella, too.

John Scalzi's nominated for his Whatever blog (syndicated as scalzifeed, and usually interesting), which has led to various discussions both on LJ and on Whatever about what a Fan Writer is, and by extension what a Fan (pl Fen) is, and whether it's different to a fan. It seems to involve a lot of filking, cosplay and convention-going, and less of the, you know, enjoying reading F&SF books, according to some people. And if you have a blog instead of a mimeographed fanzine? Forget it, dude.



( 5 comments — Comment )
Mar. 30th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
You've used the pastafarian boy link again for the BA woman with cross article.
Mar. 30th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
So I did. Fixed now - thanks!
Mar. 30th, 2007 09:10 am (UTC)
Well, in my experience, Fandom and fandom are two distinct things. The latter are the people who enjoy SF, but aren't part of the community aspects, whereas Fandom consists of the people who actually join the BSFA, communicate with other members thereof, etc.

Of course, this is largely a historical artefact now, dating from those days when you could only meet other SF fans easily if you did such things. But to the old school people who actually organise things like the Worldcon (which is, after all, the Fans) its an important distinction.
Mar. 30th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
My impression is that it's getting to be a bit of an out-of-date distinction now, because there's so many ways to participate in fandom through the internet and so on.

I also wonder what they'd think of people like me, who will happily go to a convention if it happens to be in my back garden, but not generally otherwise :)
Mar. 30th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's definitely an out of date distinction, now that fandom isn't such an isolated thing. I hear the internet is disruptive to social structures like that :->
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