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28 July 2008 @ 11:39 am
Public vs Private Fans:

I had a very nice conversation with franzeska the other day when she called my attention to the latest round of wank permeating fandom. Having read through the meta surrounding the "respect fannish privacy" vs "privacy doesn't exist on the 'net", there was one topic of discussion that seemed to be missing: Do public fans have the same privacy privilege that private fans have?

From my understanding, the OTW board members intend to present the face of fandom to the public at large. They'll be the [a] voice of fandom for press releases, news interviews, and/or public appearances at media events. Like it or not, this puts them in the unenviable position of being "celebrities".

Should OTW board members, those who wish to eventually become board members, or any Suzy Q. Fan who clamours for her 15 minutes of fame, be concerned that s/he may have to surrender her/his fannish privacy upon entering the public sphere with fannish endeavours?

[Please note, this is not a defense of what transpired -- a fannish code of conduct was violated -- but had the linking occurred in an interview on Salon.com instead of a post on Fanthropology what would/could fannish reaction have been? Also, I'm not talking about denying BNFs their right to privacy simply because they're well known in fandom circles (something I totally disagree with Laura on); I'm asking about fans who willingly choose to enter the media spotlight.]

All You Need is a Dollar and a Dream:

It's nice to believe that fandom as a whole is egalitarian and altruistic, but the truth is it's not and likely has never been. While I'm of the belief that no fan should financially profit from another fan, a quick scan of ebay or walk through any con's dealers' room will put that notion to rest. Fandom has its own currency: page hits, meta, quantity vs quality, fic, recs, vids, archives, fests, challenges . . . the list is as diverse as fandom, and we value it by bestowing status in the fannish hierarchy. Profiting from fandom doesn't necessarily have to entail dollar signs.

And On the Lighter Side:

We're helping to homeschool a friend's daughter. So, I pulled out my writing reference books. My friend didn't realize that Eats, Shoots & Leaves was a humourous book on grammar. Rather, she thought, by the title, it was a humourous book about men (specifically her husband).