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Five Things James Kruk Said
In Five Things James Kruk discusses his role working with AO3 Support, as well as what he's done as a fanfiction writer with the Archive's capabilities. Read more at https://goo.gl/J5qnwu
Five-Things  Support-Committee  Archive-of-Our-Own 
10 hours ago
June 2018 Newsletter, Volume 125
AO3's big search change is here! Also, if you're a member of the OTW have you checked out the board candidate bios? Plus TWC's new issue, Legal's work on behalf of fans in June and more
Newsletter  OTW-Sections 
5 days ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 88
This Week in Fandom: Light shows at Harry Styles concerts; is Tumblr really that bad?; which superheroes are able to get drunk; and more!
This_Week_in_Fandom  Fannish-communities  Music  Fanart  Tumblr 
6 days ago
2018 Election Candidate Chat Dates and How-To
Do you want to get to know the OTW Board election candidates better? Do you have new questions for them? Then make sure to join them for two live Discord chats on July 22 and July 28. Click the link for details and instructions.
Announcement  Elections 
8 days ago
OTW Guest Post: Lee & Colleen
This month’s OTW guests Lee & Colleen talk about their hopes for Carnation Books, what fan writers do so well, and why they’re glad for alternatives to 404 searches. Plus if you like romance involving musical theater, they want to read your fanfic!
Fannish-Histories  Fanfiction  Guest-Post 
9 days ago
Fanhackers • GIFs in general comprise single looped images, but...
"GIFs in general comprise single looped images, but fans often create more complex GIF sets, which..." “GIFs in general comprise single looped images, but fans often create more complex GIF sets, which are “sets of images, sometimes animated, sometimes not, arranged in a grid of sorts to communicate as a whole” that have “evolved primarily on Tumblr, where the interface allows for easy juxtaposition of multiple animated or still gifs” (Stein 2016). The dominance of this use of GIFs and GIF sets on Tumblr takes narrative moments out of time and out of their place in a narrative. They are instead replayed and looped in ways that can change meaning or render visible moments that were hidden until images or sequences were slowed down and reworked in the GIF format. Tumblr’s modes of reblogging and the infinite scroll means that the constant repeat viewing of the same content can be therapeutic as a result of the physical act of repetition. Such viewing works to assuage fannish anxieties, helping fans cope.”

- Williams, Rebecca. 2018. “Tumblr’s GIF Culture and the Infinite Image: Lone Fandom, Ruptures, and Working Through on a Microblogging Platform.” In “Tumblr and Fandom,” edited by Lori Morimoto and Louisa Ellen Stein, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 27.
fanhackers 
9 days ago
The OTW is Recruiting for Systems, Translation, and AO3 Documentation
Are you an awesome beta, or a writer with an eye for technical details? Or are you fluent in a language other than English?

The OTW is recruiting for Systems, Translation, and AO3 Documentation.

We're especially looking for translators for Arabic, Bengali, Catalan, Croatian, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Marathi, Serbian, Turkish, Vietnamese and Welsh.

Signal boost this to your friends, and click the link to learn more and apply today.
Volunteering  AO3-Documentation  Systems-Committee  Translation-Committee 
12 days ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 87
LGBTQ representation at KCON; butch lesbians' own search for representation; a tribute to the merit of fanfiction; and more!
This_Week_in_Fandom  Music  Fan-conventions  Fannish-communities  Fanfiction  Gender-and-Sexuality 
13 days ago
EU Copyright Developments and Fans
Are you concerned about proposed EU copyright legislation provisions Article11 and Article13? OTW Legal explains what those articles mean, how they're fan-unfriendly, and what you can do to help stop them.
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
17 days ago
It’s Almost Election Time
It's almost election time! In order to vote in the OTW's 2018 Board of Directors election August 10-13, you must be an OTW member by June 30. Learn more and become a member today.
Event  Elections 
18 days ago
Fanhackers • Yet it is precisely users’ inability to establish...
"Yet it is precisely users’ inability to establish effective boundaries on Tumblr that has led..." “Yet it is precisely users’ inability to establish effective boundaries on Tumblr that has led to the ongoing and still hotly contested diversification of fandom participation and expression. Tumblr-enabled fandom cross-fertilization—what Matt Hills (2015) calls transfandom—has contributed to the growth of portmanteau fandoms such as SuperWhoLock and the proliferation of semiotically linked visual fan works (Morimoto 2018). The inability to control both the circulation of and commentary on posts has contributed to the greater visibility of peripheral fans and fan communities as they bring their own perspectives to what may originally have been intended as in-group utterances.”

- Morimoto, Lori, and Louisa Ellen Stein. 2018. “Tumblr and Fandom” [editorial]. In “Tumblr and Fandom,” edited by Lori Morimoto and Louisa Ellen Stein, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 27.
fanhackers 
27 days ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 86
This week in fandom: Send us your questions for Ngozi Ukazu; Star Wars fans and #FanArtForRose; networks distance themselves from Chris Hardwick; and JSTOR talks fandom.
This_Week_in_Fandom  Gender-and-Sexuality  Race-Ethnicity-and-Nationality  Movies  Fan-art  Academia  Comics  Television 
27 days ago
2018 OTW Elections Candidates Announcement
The OTW is pleased to announce the candidates for the 2018 Election: C. Ryan Smith, Lex de Leon, Michelle Schroeder, and Natalia Gruber. Click the link to learn about them and the election process.
Announcement  Elections 
28 days ago
Five Things Adi M. Said
In Five Things Adi M. shares with us when she calls meetings with Team Hebrew, and what she learned from volunteering for International Fanworks Day https://goo.gl/CKNfcc
Five-Things  Translation-Committee 
29 days ago
Fanhackers • TWC No. 27: Tumblr and Fandom
TWC No. 27: Tumblr and Fandom
transformativeworksandcultures:

Image by Hannah Craig (2014)

Vol 27 (2018): Tumblr and Fandom, Edited by Lori Morimoto and Louisa Ellen Stein

Editorial

Lori Morimoto and Louisa Ellen Stein, Tumblr and fandom

Theory

Evan Hayles Gledhill, Bricolage and the culture of the margins in the romantic era and the digital age

Bo Allesøe Christensen & Thessa Jensen, The JohnLock Conspiracy, fandom eschatology, and longing to belong

Christopher M. Cox, “Ms. Marvel,” Tumblr, and the industrial logics of identity in digital spaces

Praxis

Tosha R. Taylor, Digital Space and Walking Dead fandom’s Team Delusional

Rebecca Williams, Tumblr’s GIF culture and the infinite image: Lone fandom, ruptures, and working throu­ gh on a microblogging platform

Indira Neill Hoch, Content, conduct, and apologies in Tumblr fandom tags

Natalie Chew, Tumblr as counterpublic space for fan mobilization

Jessica Hautsch, Tumblr’s Supernatural fandom and the rhetorical affordance of GIFs

Symposium

Lily Winterwood, Discourse is the new wank: A reflection on linguistic change in fandom

Elizabeth M. Downey, Sheryl Lyn Bundy, Connie K. Shih, Emily Hamilton-Honey, A “Glee”-ful collaboration: Academic networking in the Tumblr world

Daisy Pignett, “Remember a week ago when Tom Hiddleston could do no wrong?” Tumblr reactions to the loss of an Internet boyfriendi

Judith May Fathallah, Polyphony on Tumblr: Reading the hate blog as pastiche

Paul J. Booth, Tumbling or stumbling? Misadventures with Tumblr in the fan studies classroom

Mélanie Bourdaa, Tumblr as a methodological tool for data archiving: The case of a Calzona Tumblr

Lori Morimoto, Roundtable: Tumblr and fandom

Book review

Anne Jamison, “Rogue archives: Digital cultural memory and media fandom,” by Abigail De Kosnik

Samantha Anne Close, “Cult media, fandom, and textiles,” by Brigid Cherry

Hye-Kyung Lee, “Transnational audiences: Media reception on a global scale,” by Adrian Athique

Kathryn Hemmann, “Manga in America: Transnational book publishing and the domestication of Japanese comics,” by Casey Brienza

Hey Tumblr fandom, look! An entire special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures about us!! (We’ll try to post some quotes and article summaries here over the next few weeks.)
fanhackers 
4 weeks ago
Transformative Works and Cultures Releases Issue No. 27
Have you been waiting for TWC's issue on Tumblr and Fandom? Issue 27 is now here! Read about the Walking Dead, Sherlock, Ms Marvel, Supernatural, Glee, Tom Hiddleston, and more including book reviews, such as for Manga in the U.S. https://goo.gl/ZGykLh
Transformative-Works-and-Cultures  TWC-Committee  Announcement 
4 weeks ago
OTW Guest Post: Jordan Henry & Arielle Waldman
This month's guests Jordan Henry & Arielle Waldman are the creators of the Kylo Ren & Loki webseries Kyloki. Having met bonding over fandom, now they've discovered what it's like to receive fanworks about their creation! https://goo.gl/8fwZWF
Guest-Post  Movies  Fan-films 
5 weeks ago
May 2018 Newsletter, Volume 124
In the May 2018 OTW Newsletter: GDPR-related changes; AO3 reaches 1.5 million registered users; milestone reminders for OTW election season; and more!
Newsletter  OTW-Sections 
5 weeks ago
OTW Legal’s International Advocacy and You!
OTW Legal around the world! Thanks to Canadians for sending us your stories in May. Now it's Australians' turn--how have you benefitted from creating transformative works? Also, how EU residents can take action against proposed fan-unfriendly laws
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property  Technology 
5 weeks ago
The OTW is Recruiting Support Staff, Event Coordinators, Tag Wranglers, and Graphic Designers!
The OTW is recruiting for Support Staff, Event Coordinators, Tag Wranglers, and Graphic Designers! Signal boost this to your friends, and click the link to learn more and apply
Volunteering  Support-Committee  Communications-Committee  Fanlore-Committee  Tag-Wrangling-Committee 
5 weeks ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 85
This Week in Fandom: Do you have questions for Check Please creator Ngozi Ukazu? Do you like to write fannish meta? Are you fascinated by fandom statistics? Have you wondered about the origins of TJLC? If so, then this is the roundup for you!
This_Week_in_Fandom  Gender-and-Sexuality  Movies  Academia  Call-for-Papers  Fannish-Histories  Fannish-Practices  Television  Comics 
5 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Britta Lundin on Twitter
Britta Lundin on Twitter Britta Lundin on Twitter:

Here we go again. A dude is making a thing that mostly non-dude fans have been doing for decades so suddenly it has value and is worthy of attention.

And to make up for making you look at this with your own eyes, here’s some great research on some great fan art.

Fan art as activism on race issues

Gilliland, Elizabeth. 2016. “Racebending Fandoms and Digital Futurism.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 22.

Gilliland looks at fan art on Tumblr which recasts white characters from popular culture as people of colour. She argues that this practice is a form of activism that rejects mainstream media whitewashing and creates an ethno-futuristic space.

Pornographic fan art, time and desire

Brown, Lyndsay. 2013. “Pornographic Space-time and the Potential of Fantasy in Comics and Fan Art.” In “Appropriating, Interpreting, and Transforming Comic Books,” edited by Matthew J. Costello, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 13.

Brown looks at pornographic comics and fan art and how they relate to time, pleasure, and desire. She argues that in some ways sequential pornographic comics and single-image pornographic fan art are similar to each other and fundamentally different to written or filmed pornography. The still image stands in a different relationship to time to the filmed or written narrative. “[T]he pleasure of these works lingers across bodies in various states of being, frozen in time, taking a hedonistic joy not just in depicting the intimate, but also in expanding that category past any limits imposed by the panel.”

Fan art as fannish and industry history

Švelch, Jan, and Tereza Krobová. 2016. “Historicizing Video Game Series through Fan Art Discourses.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 22.

Švelch and Krobová look at fan art for video game series, and how it and the material surrounding it (artists’ notes, comments, etc.) interweave fans’ personal histories with those of the video game franchise and the in-game fictional setting.
fanhackers 
6 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Even in anonymous sites and communities, there can...
"Even in anonymous sites and communities, there can be issues of consent. In 2015, I researched the..." “Even in anonymous sites and communities, there can be issues of consent. In 2015, I researched the ‘SimSecret’ LiveJournal site. As all posts and most comments are anonymous, seeking permission to quote or reproduce work proved impossible. However, when the community discovered I was conducting this research, a thread of (mostly anonymous) comments sprang up about the project and I was able to engage in dialogue with members that informed the finished article by providing their account of how the community operated rather than solely relying on my own interpretation. I asked users for permission to quote them – although had to take on trust that those who consented were the same users I was quoting, as it was impossible to prove this. This experience taught me that, even in seemingly impenetrable or anonymous environments, there can be opportunity for fan participation in the research and for obtaining consent.”

- Deller, Ruth A. “Ethics in fan studies research.” (link to PDF)  A Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies (2018): 123. Pp. 20-21.
fanhackers 
6 weeks ago
AO3, GDPR and You
The EU's new regulation on data protection, the GDPR, is coming into effect on May 25. Click the link to find out how this affects AO3 and its users.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Technology 
7 weeks ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 84
This week in Fandom: racism in the BTS ARMY; fans work to Save Wayward Sisters; Deadpool versus Han & Lando; and more.
This_Week_in_Fandom  Fannish-communities  Race-Ethnicity-and-Nationality  Gender-and-Sexuality  Music  Movies  Television 
7 weeks ago
Fanhackers • As Pivot targeted a socially conscious millennial...
"As Pivot targeted a socially conscious millennial audience, Please Like Me fit into the..." “

As Pivot targeted a socially conscious millennial audience, Please Like Me fit into the channel’s brand. Please Like Me had already found its way to an American audience before it aired on Pivot, however: fans distributed it on Tumblr. (…) Episode downloads that circulated via Tumblr enabled American viewers to watch Please Like Me and further spread the word.

(…)

When Pivot went off the air in October 2016, the continued formal distribution of Please Like Me in the United States remained in limbo for a few months. Season 4 was in postproduction and set to air on ABC1 in November 2016. Once again, American fans turned to Tumblr as their main point of access to the program. (…) While Pivot ceased to exist, fans continue to participate in circulating TV programs beyond national borders.



- Kohnen, Melanie E. S. 2018. “Please Like Me and Global TV Flows.” In “Social TV Fandom and the Media Industries,” edited by Myles McNutt, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures,no. 26.
fanhackers 
8 weeks ago
Are you Canadian? OTW Legal Wants Your Stories!
Are you a Canadian fan or fanworks creator? Tell OTW Legal your story to help them defend protections for transformative works in the Canadian Copyright Act. Click the link to learn more and to submit your contribution
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
8 weeks ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 83
This Week in Fandom: A rollercoaster ride for Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans; what the heck is cockygate; the social advantages of fandom and volunteering; and more
This_Week_in_Fandom  Books  Music  Television  OTW-Sightings  Fannish-communities  Intellectual-Property 
8 weeks ago
Five Things Claire Baker Said
In Five Things, Claire Baker discusses why she ran for the OTW Board, how she starts her day as a volunteer, and what her future hope is
Five-Things  OTW-Board 
9 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Fifty Shades retains the heteronormativity of...
"Fifty Shades retains the heteronormativity of mainstream popular romance. Its obsession with..." “Fifty Shades retains the heteronormativity of mainstream popular romance. Its obsession with consumption, money, legal contracts, brands, physical self-improvement, and self-investment are so pervasive that it transcends the traditional capitalist novel form and becomes a truly neoliberal work. Ana’s social and sexual fears reflect those of neoliberal women. Ana’s status as a young, conventionally attractive virgin marks her out as a fresh commodity in the sexual marketplace. She is, therefore, constantly aware of the work required to maintain her desirability, demonstrating Rosalind Gill’s concept of the makeover paradigm in which women are expected to aspire toward passivity while improving their bodies and minds for winning a sexual competition. Left to herself, Ana is largely indifferent to food and exercise until Christian makes it clear that he expects her to conform to his definitions of health and attractiveness. Ana evolves from a timid, insecure girl into a well-groomed, stylish woman worthy of the megabillionaire husband she acquires. Her reward is not increased self-confidence. Instead, success consists of appreciating and consuming the goods and services Christian makes available. Ana learns to wear high heels, becomes considerably leaner and fitter, has her hair styled, and has pedicures and manicures. She even shaves her pubic hair because Christian wants her to. Even the high cultural sphere, traditionally kept separate from mass culture, is not immune to the discourse of self-investment. Ana’s burgeoning taste in mainstream classical music reduces autonomous pieces of art to an index of readily acquisitioned taste.”

-

Byrne, A. J. and Fleming, S. (2018), Sex Sells (Out): Neoliberalism and Erotic Fan Fiction. J Pop Cult. . doi:10.1111/jpcu.12680

New paper out this week, looking at some of the more commercial and commercialised sides of fan fiction, including Fifty Shades and sites like Literotica.
fanhackers 
9 weeks ago
April 2018 Newsletter, Volume 123
In the April 2018 OTW Newsletter: a successful membership drive; Fanlore's April Showers event; upcoming search upgrades at AO3; victory against a phishing site; and more! Click the link to check it out.
Newsletter  OTW-Sections 
9 weeks ago
Comment Period Open for AO3 Terms of Service Updates
The OTW is updating AO3's Terms of Service, focusing on data privacy and a more detailed explanation of how we process user data. Click the link to learn more and to tell us what you think of the proposed changes
Archive-of-Our-Own 
9 weeks ago
The OTW is Recruiting Policy & Abuse Staff, Translators, Graphic Designers, and TWC Copyeditors & Proofreaders
The OTW is recruiting Policy & Abuse staff, translators, graphic designers, and TWC copyeditors & proofreaders.

Translators are especially needed for Arabic, Bengali, Catalan, Croatian, Filipino, Hebrew, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Malay, Marathi, Serbian, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Welsh.

Signal boost this to your friends, and click the link to learn more and apply today!
Volunteering  TWC-Committee  Abuse-Committee  Translation-Committee  Fanlore-Committee 
9 weeks ago
2018 Election Timeline & Membership Deadline
The OTW is pleased to announce that the timeline for the 2018 Board of Directors election is now available. Click the link to learn more, including how to make sure you're eligible to vote: https://goo.gl/DPozKh
Announcement  Elections 
10 weeks ago
Fanhackers • However, not everything is easily conducive to the...
"However, not everything is easily conducive to the positivist critique of homonationalism and..." “However, not everything is easily conducive to the positivist critique of homonationalism and ablenationalism. Normative aspects of neoliberal dictates are also often replicated within the domain of fan fiction. Fan narratives often result in the reproduction of the normative family structure by portraying Steve and Bucky in the role of caregivers by adopting a pseudo-family in the form of other wayward children similarly excluded by the ableist heternormative State. More often than not, these adoptive families include individuals similarly marginalized by the dominant models of race, sexuality and gender. In this context, the family narrative is further complicated. Is such fan fiction subversive by allowing for the existence of an alternative family structure which challenges the heternormative paradigms of the dominant model, or does it add to the normativity of the same model by adhering to the mandates of homonormativity? (…) Perhaps the answer lies neither in the normativist paradigm, nor in the complete annihilation of the hegemonic model, but in the questioning and engaging with the politics of such a narrative.”

- Garg, D. (2018). (Un)Sanctoined Bodies: The State-Sexuality-Disability Nexus in Captain America Slash Fan Fiction. In Spacey, A. (Ed.). (2018). The Darker Side of Slash Fan Fiction: Essays on Power, Consent and the Body. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
fanhackers 
10 weeks ago
OTW Guest Post: Agnese Pietrobon
Agnese Pietrobon didn't get a good reception in college when she wanted to study fans and fanworks. But along with others she did something about it, and hopes to influence how fans see themselves in Italy and how fanfiction is seen as well
Guest-Post  Fannish-Histories  Fanfiction  Fan-conventions  Race-Ethnicity-and-Nationality 
10 weeks ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 82
This Week in Fandom: fun with old headshot day; the birth of Wicomicon and FamCon; a new YA novel about fangirl life by Britta Lundin; an academic survey about fanfiction, and more!
This_Week_in_Fandom  Books  Movies  Fan-conventions  Fannish-Practices  Academia  Survey-Research 
10 weeks ago
How Our Policy & Abuse and Support Volunteers Get in Touch with You
An important message from the AO3 Support and Policy & Abuse team about users being contacted via social media. Click the link to learn more.
Announcement  Archive-of-Our-Own  Support-Committee  Abuse-Committee 
11 weeks ago
Fanhackers • As television outlets have proliferated through...
"As television outlets have proliferated through cable and streaming services, programming, both for..." “As television outlets have proliferated through cable and streaming services, programming, both for adults and teens, has increasingly explored controversial and sensitive issues. Simultaneously, online fandom and social media engagement surrounding television has also proliferated, thus raising questions as to the role of online fan discussions of such sensitive topics. While audiences have always differed in their interpretation and reaction to television programming, how does the ability to put these opinions in a public forum change the potential of television messaging? How do and how should networks guide fan conversation, particularly with regard to programming for teens and young adults about important and potentially triggering issues?”

- Brown, Stephanie Anne. 2018. “Millennial Fandom and the Failures of Switched at Birth’s Sexual Assault Education Campaign.” In “Social TV Fandom and the Media Industries,” edited by Myles McNutt, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 26.
fanhackers 
11 weeks ago
Fanhackers • This all raises the question: are there right and...
"This all raises the question: are there right and wrong ways to watch a television series? I am..." “This all raises the question: are there right and wrong ways to watch a television series? I am reminded of Immanuel Kant’s belief, outlined in his Critique of Judgment (1790), that when we consume art, we do so under the assumption that others ought to agree with our interpretation of it. This is a common, basic principle of how taste functions in a cultural society. For Kant, there exists a universal community of taste that we all subscribe to, and art is the means by which we can communicate our common experiences. When viewers watch Twin Peaks: The Return or The Leftovers, they can’t help but understand it in their own way, and can’t help but believe that others should be of the same mind. In this sense, the liberatory entitlement felt by queer or POC spectators to take control of mainstream art is a political byproduct of the fundamental entitlement felt by the oppressor class to have control over all texts, even ones that insist on their inherent alternativism.”

- Pitre, Jake. 2018. “Fan Reactions to The Leftovers and Twin Peaks: The Return.” In “Social TV Fandom and the Media Industries,” edited by Myles McNutt, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 26. http://dx.doi.org/10.3983/twc.2018.1300.
fanhackers 
11 weeks ago
Five Things Rachel Bussert Said
In #FiveThings, Rachel shares details about the growth in OTW volunteers, what the OTW is like as a non-profit, and all the ways to give back to fandom https://goo.gl/twFHxM
Five-Things  Volunteering  Volunteers-&-Recruiting 
11 weeks ago
Phishing and Domains
An important announcement from OTW Legal about an AO3-related phishing attempt. Learn more, including how to make sure your account is secure, here
Archive-of-Our-Own  Legal-Advocacy  Technology 
11 weeks ago
You've Helped Make A Difference!
Thanks to your generous support, the OTW's April 2018 Membership Drive has surpassed its goal, finishing with an incredible AMOUNT in donations. Thank you! If you missed the drive, don't worry, you can donate at any time. Follow the link to learn more
Event  Financial-support 
12 weeks ago
Fanhackers • This hugeness of the companies—the left hand not...
"This hugeness of the companies—the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing—is the thing..." “

This hugeness of the companies—the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing—is the thing that fans still and most radically misunderstand. This is even more the case with movies than with television shows. Movies, as projects, are handed off from a development team to the production team to a marketing team, in that order. Typically no single team is responsible for communicating with fans and engaging them over the course of that cycle. When Movie #1 in a franchise comes out, there’s a gap in which no one at all is messaging the public about the movie, because Movie #2 isn’t in development yet. So not only do each of these teams have many, many people on them (sometimes hundreds of people) but they also have discontinuity. In other words, it’s a miracle that anybody manages to have a coherent message about any movie franchise, ever.

But humans are pattern-making animals, so fans tend to read way too much into every statement and decision made by a franchise, which can lead to huge disappointments. Ninety-nine percent of the time, fans need to use Occam’s Razor. Is the simplest explanation for this just “nobody thought too hard about it”? That’s probably the answer.



- TWC Editor. 2018. “Interview with Flourish Klink.” In “Social TV Fandom and the Media Industries,” edited by Myles McNutt, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 26.
fanhackers 
12 weeks ago
Show Off with New OTW Thank-You Gifts!
Are you excited about the new thank you gifts that are available when you donate to the OTW? Set up a recurring donation to save for your favourite! Click the link to learn more, and donate today.
Event  Financial-support 
12 weeks ago
Fanhackers • transformativeworks:العربية • বাংলা • dansk •...
transformativeworks: العربية • বাংলা • dansk • Deutsch •...

transformativeworks:

العربية • বাংলা • dansk • Deutsch • Ελληνικά • English • español • français • 한국어 • italiano • עברית • magyar • Malay • मराठी • Nederlands • norsk • polski • português brasileiro • português europeu • Română • Русский • suomi • svenska • Tiếng Việt • 中文

The OTW’s 2018 budget is now available! Follow the link to learn more: https://goo.gl/r3DzCm
fanhackers  Financial-support 
12 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Fandom studies should indeed pay more attention to...
"Fandom studies should indeed pay more attention to affect, both positive and negative. Affect indeed..." “Fandom studies should indeed pay more attention to affect, both positive and negative. Affect indeed is highly individual, and this individuality poses methodological challenges. To research what is deeply private and interior is difficult, and qualitative methods do not entirely elicit the depth of these emotions.”

- Nicholle Lamerichs in one of the conversations on the state of fandom studies currently happening on Henry Jenkins’ blog.
This one, between Nicholle and Lincoln Geraghty, looks at issues of place, character, affect, the changing nature of fandom as both a solitary and communal experience.
fanhackers 
12 weeks ago
Your Donations Preserve Fannish History!
Your donations preserve fannish history! Our Open Doors project preserves at-risk online fanworks archives, physical fan memorabilia, and more. Follow the link for additional information, and donate today to help Open Doors accomplish even more
Event  Financial-support 
12 weeks ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 81
This Week in Fandom: An introduction to kpop terms, Overwatch shipping, how to download fanworks from AO3, and So. Much. Marvel. Follow the link to read all about it!
This_Week_in_Fandom  Movies  Gaming  Fannish-Practices  Music 
april 2018
OTW Finance: 2018 Budget
The OTW's 2018 budget is now available! Follow the link to learn more.
Announcement  Finance-Commitee  Finance-Reports 
april 2018
Fanhackers • Over the course of three seasons, Sleepy Hollow’s...
"Over the course of three seasons, Sleepy Hollow’s dedicated fan base used social media to..." “Over the course of three seasons, Sleepy Hollow’s dedicated fan base used social media to launch an intersectional critique and urge change in the industry. Their efforts involved writing fan fiction, calling out stereotypical representations, and boycotting the show. While these initial tactics inadvertently benefited media industries by helping promote the show and providing free market research, the fandom collectively changed its approach after season 3 and set its sights on boycotting the series. In protest, fans no longer produced a stream of content that could be mined and appropriated by the network. (…) While the potential for social TV to alter institutional power dynamics remains to be seen, Sleepy Hollow fans’ evolving strategies show how organized actions can subvert institutional efforts to monetize fan engagement.”

- Arcy, J., & Johnson, Z. (2017). Intersectional critique and social media activism in “Sleepy Hollow” fandom. Transformative Works and Cultures, 26
fanhackers 
april 2018
OTW Guest Post: Blackestglass
In the April OTW Guest Post, blackestglass talks about letting her inner performer shine, getting started with podfic, and the gift of the podfic community.
Fannish-Practices  Guest-Post  Podfic 
april 2018
FOSTA/SESTA and Fans
Are you concerned about what FOSTA/SESTA could mean for fanworks? OTW Legal explains the legislation in our latest news post, including why nothing will be changing at AO3. Click here to learn more
Legal-Advocacy  Technology 
april 2018
This Week in Fandom, Volume 80
This Week in Fandom: Isao Takahata has passed away; Seanan McGuire talks about the importance of fanfiction; what's with all the reboots and revivals lately?; and more!
This_Week_in_Fandom  Fanfiction  Gender-and-Sexuality  Fannish-Histories  Television  Anime-and-Manga  Tumblr 
april 2018
March 2018 Newsletter, Volume 122
Check out the OTW's March newsletter for info on a new volume of Transformative Works and Cultures, Fair Use Week activity, updates to AO3, and more.
Newsletter  OTW-Sections 
april 2018
Fanhackers • Asexual slash fiction is still about sex. In some,...
"Asexual slash fiction is still about sex. In some, the main characters have sex. In others, they..." “Asexual slash fiction is still about sex. In some, the main characters have sex. In others, they don’t. In some, they have cake. The difference between the works where the characters are both [allo]sexual and those where one or both are identifying as being on the asexual spectrum, might be how the space in which the body is itself placed under scrutiny - thus leveling the power balance between the couples. (…) [W]hen sex is out of the picture, the core of slash fiction is all still about equality; about placing the conversation about body, relationship, power and love in a setting where heteronormative patriarchy cannot reach”

- Westber Gabriel, L. (2018) Slashing the Invisible: Bodily Autonomy in Asexual Fan Fiction. In Spacey, A. (Ed.) (2018) The Darker Side of Slash Fan Fiction: Essays on Power, Consent and the Body. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
fanhackers 
april 2018
This Week in Fandom, Volume 79
This Week in Fandom: April Fool's jokes, Hugo Awards nominees, reaction to Ready Player One, and data about where fans gather
Academia  Books  Movies  Gender-and-Sexuality  Race-Ethnicity-and-Nationality  Fannish-communities  Fannish-Practices  Television  Tumblr 
april 2018
Fanhackers • Why Did Fans Flee LiveJournal, and Where Will They...
Why Did Fans Flee LiveJournal, and Where Will They Go After Tumblr? Why Did Fans Flee LiveJournal, and Where Will They Go After Tumblr?:

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“What you’ll notice from the chart is that between 2007 and 2009, things were happening with LiveJournal that made people not like it anymore. From the chart, you’ll see that it didn’t start to precipitously dip until a couple of years after that. You can see that Tumblr and Archive of Our Own, or AO3, are both climbing around the same time. I think that those had to get popular enough, enough people moving there so that those were a place for people to move to, because when there’s nowhere for you to go, they don’t go. You can think of AO3 and Tumblr as sort of the archive side and the social side of LiveJournal, so there wasn’t a single place that people could move to, so instead you see people going to both of those places.” 

Good article! (though, minor quibble, I wish Slate hadn’t made a graphic of which fandoms were most popular on each platform. I suspect those answers were the ones most influenced by survey methodology and the specific sample that happened to participate while the survey was open – which the original write-up was good about mentioning, but the graphic makes it look more authoritative.)
fanhackers 
april 2018
Fanhackers • New issue of Transformative Works and Cultures!
New issue of Transformative Works and Cultures!

Volume 26 of Transformative Works and Cultures is out. This is a special issue on social TV fandom and the media industries that was edited by Myles McNutt. 

On the article pages, click through on the “HTML” link next to the article abstract to get to the full text! We’ll be posting quotes from the new issue in the coming weeks, as usual.

Editorial

Myles McNutt, Social TV fandom and the media industries

Praxis

Stephanie Anne Brown, Millennial fandom and the failures of “Switched at Birth”’s sexual assault education campaign

Jacquelyn Arcy and Zhana Johnson, Intersectional critique and social media activism in “Sleepy Hollow” fandom

Eleanor Patterson, Must tweet TV: ABC’s #TGIT and the cultural work of programming social television

Jacinta Yanders, Interactions, emotions, and Earpers: “Wynonna Earp,” the best fandom ever

Symposium

Myles McNutt, “The 100” and the social contract of social TV

Eloy Santos Vieira and Lilian Cristina Monteiro França, How Brazilian Whovians influenced BBC’s strategies through Twitter: Fifty years of “Doctor Who” and fan engagement

Melanie E. S. Kohnen, “Please Like Me” and global TV flows

Cory Barker, Facebook, Twitter, and the pivot to original content: From social TV to TV on social

Jake Pitre,  Fan reactions to “The Leftovers” and “Twin Peaks: The Return”

Interview

TWC Editor, Interview with Flourish Klink

Book review

Francesca Coppa, Be him/have him: Brooker/Bowie

Anne Kustritz, “Controversies in digital ethics,” edited by Amber Davisson and Paul Booth

Rhiannon Bury, “Public relations and participatory culture,” edited by A. L. Hutchins and N. T. J. Tindall

Mel Stanfill, “The culture industry and participatory audiences,” by Emma Keltie
fanhackers 
march 2018
This Week in Fandom, Volume 78
This Week in Fandom: farewell to Karen Anderson; Charlie Day appreciates shipping in Pacific Rim; an AO3 user is interviewed about her The Shape of Water fanfic; and more!
This_Week_in_Fandom  Fannish-Histories  Filk  Books  Movies  Fanfiction 
march 2018
Fanhackers • One of the aspects I flesh out in my essay is the...
"One of the aspects I flesh out in my essay is the concept of “politics of viewing,”..." “One of the aspects I flesh out in my essay is the concept of “politics of viewing,” which I pose as a theoretical model for thinking about Black fans’ engagement with, reception and discussion of contemporary television in the age of digital and social media. I argue that social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook afford Black fans’ spaces they can transform into Black counter-publics. Black counter-publics have been historically constituted within Black institutions such as Black churches, activist organizations, and press and their purpose has been to provide spaces in which to engage in everyday discussion of Black experience outside the purview of out-group members and serves as the foundation for the formation of Black political thought and collective identities. The critical difference between traditional Black counter-publics and the new ones that are facilitated by new media is that they are not hidden from view of non-Blacks. In the context of new media, I contend, Black fans carve out a Black counter-public in which they utilize the written word, images, and audio-visuals to express and make visible their pleasures and to engage in debates about and critiques of specific media texts and their consumers. It is a process whereby Black fans are cognizant of and attempt to negotiate their relationship to a given media text and reconcile that with perceptions of how others can potentially view the media text. The politics of viewing manifests as what Stuart Hall calls a “critical politics” that goes beyond an evaluation of whether a particular image is “positive” or “negative” and therefore either “good” or “bad” for Blacks.”

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Dayna Chatman in a conversation on the state of fandom studies.

Henry Jenkins is currently facilitating/hosting a whole bunch of these conversations on his blog. We’ll keep posting highlights, and they’re definitely worth checking out in their entirety if you want to know what’s happening in fandom studies right now.
march 2018
Five Things Nikki Bird Said
In Five Things Nikki discusses why watching TV and epic Monopoly games can be really necessary, as well as what sorts of things about her volunteer work for OTW has been helpful in her day job. https://goo.gl/bt6GHw
Five-Things  Volunteering  Finance-Commitee 
march 2018
Fanhackers • destinationtoast: cfiesler:...
destinationtoast: cfiesler: brevityandclarity: transformativew...
An overview of the major economic sectors in Fanfic vs the US.

A breakdown of employment in the education sector in Fanfic vs the US.

A breakdown of the arts and entertainment sector in Fanfic vs the US.

A breakdown of the various food outlets found in Fanfic.

A breakdown of the various Retail outlets found in Fanfic.

A chart of the 30 most popular jobs in Fanfic.

destinationtoast:

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Fanfiction: An Economic Review:

The nation of Fanfiction has a unique economic footprint. As areas of employment, agriculture and manufacture are nearly non-existent, suggesting that even processed goods are readily available in the natural environment. This resource generation seems linked to the placement of naturally occurring dwellings, as little construction exists, and transport jobs are minimal. With so much readily available, social progress is a low priority; computing, engineering and science are all far less active than the rates seen in America, and law and social work are similarly diminished.

The prosperity of the environment creates a surplus of leisure time, which many fill with additional education and training. Nearly a third of the population are employed in colleges as professors or full-time academics, while another quarter work as high-school teachers. Entertainment and the arts are prospering, and food retailers - predominantly small, locally owned artisanal coffeeshops - are commonplace. Non-food retail is largely focussed on luxuries such as flowers, books and pets. However, crime rates have risen in line with increased leisure; while criminal activities are not directly measured in this survey, law enforcement employs around 2.5 times as many people per head of the population as the police force in the United States.

Inspired by this post, I completed a survey of AO3 tags, measuring all non-fandom-specific AU tags that implied the existence of real, modern, legal jobs. Click the graphs to see larger versions.

Click here to view the source data used for this project.

Raise your hand if you’d like to live in the nation of Fanfiction. o/

@cfiesler

More fandom data, yay!

This. Is awesome. :D
fanhackers 
march 2018
OTW Guest Post: Foz Meadows
In the OTW's March Guest Post, author Foz Meadows talks about the impact of Supernatural on fandom, fanfic writing improving original writing, and making it queer
Guest-Post  Books  Fanfiction  Gender-and-Sexuality  Fannish-Practices 
march 2018
Transformative Works and Cultures Vol. 26
Transformative Works and Cultures, the OTW’s academic Fan Studies journal, has released Vol 26: Social TV Fandom and the Media Industries! Click here to read an interview with Flourish Klink, plus articles on The 100, Wynnona Earp, and more.
technology  television  call-for-papers  fannish-practices  gender-and-sexuality  race-ethnicity-nationality  transformative-works-and-cultures  TWC-Committee 
march 2018
Fanhackers • Part of the way forward is for fan scholars to...
"Part of the way forward is for fan scholars to acknowledge that the ‘go-to’ theoretical frameworks..." “Part of the way forward is for fan scholars to acknowledge that the ‘go-to’ theoretical frameworks of the field when conceptualizing fan identity and its operations actively encourage the erasure of non-white fans while highlighting issues of gender and sexuality. This is, of course, a fallacious division because these categories are never not constituted in relation to race. I argue that because fan studies does not consider whiteness as a racialized identity with specific effects, its operations on fandom structures can be presented as normative.”

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Rukmini Pande in a conversation on the state of fandom studies.

Henry Jenkins is hosting a series of these conversations on his blog at the moment and we will almost certainly be bringing you more of this content. It’s exciting to be able to look in on leading scholars in the field publicly talking about where we’re at and where we’re going.
fanhackers 
march 2018
February 2018 Newsletter, Volume 121
In the February 2018 OTW Newsletter: International Fanworks Day 2018 recap, Francesca Coppa's book on fanfiction wins at the PROSE Awards, happenings at AO3, and more!
Newsletter  OTW-Sections 
march 2018
The OTW is Recruiting Tag Wranglers and Policy & Abuse Staff
Are you good at organizing? Do you love helping people? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting Tag Wranglers and Policy & Abuse Staff! Learn more at the link and signal boost to your friends.
Volunteering  Tag-Wrangling-Committee  Abuse-Committee 
march 2018
This Week in Fandom, Volume 77
This Week in Fandom: Museum exhibition spotlights fandom-themed artwork; Who Against Guns fundraises for charity; sexism and language about fanfiction; and more!
This_Week_in_Fandom  Activism  Books  Fandoms  Fanfiction  Fannish-endings  Fannish-Practices  Gender-and-Sexuality 
march 2018
VinXperience is Moving to the AO3
VinXperience, a multifandom Vin Diesel fanfiction archive, is being imported to AO3! Learn more about the import, including how to claim your works, here.
Open-Doors-Committee  Fanfiction  Fannish-Histories 
march 2018
Fanhackers • Cosplay leans on identification with narrative...
"Cosplay leans on identification with narrative content. Most importantly, cosplayers have a dynamic..." “Cosplay leans on identification with narrative content. Most importantly, cosplayers have a dynamic relationship with stories and characters. Most cosplayers do not wish to exactly duplicate the character they portray; rather, they want to bring something of their own, such as elements of their own appearance, into the cosplay. In that sense, they can also be compared to cover bands and other forms of impersonation in which performers enact their own versions of existing material. Moreover, characters are used as signifiers of the fan’s own identity.”

- Lamerichs, Nicolle. “Stranger than fiction: Fan identity in cosplay.” Transformative Works and Cultures 7.3 (2011).
fanhackers 
march 2018
OTW Guest Post: Ioana Pelehatăi & Alex Lungu
It's Fair Use Week and our guests Ioana & Alex discuss their Copy Me video project that explains copyright history and examines stories told about how it functions. Their most recent work tackles the myth of the creative genius: https://goo.gl/MfJ7cB
Guest-Post  Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
march 2018
Fanworks, Fair Use, and Fair Dealing
Ever had a discussion with someone on whether fanworks are legal? For FairUseWeek OTW's legal team offers fans information on why fanworks are usually fair use & what fair dealing is. So now you can just point that person here!
Intellectual-Property  Legal-Advocacy 
march 2018
This Week in Fandom, Volume 76
This Week in Fandom: Cosplay, fanfiction, and Olympics figure skaters; fair use and copyright lawsuits; musicians introduce their fans to musical influences; and more!
This_Week_in_Fandom  Cosplay  Fandoms  Fanfiction  Intellectual-Property  Music 
february 2018
Fanhackers • Proponents of pervasive licensing (or...
"Proponents of pervasive licensing (or near-licensing) describe it as a way to embrace online..." “

Proponents of pervasive licensing (or near-licensing) describe it as a way to embrace online cultures while generating a profit, instead of attempting in vain to suppress all unauthorized uses. But as one commentator on Kindle Worlds noted, “[e]mbrace is always enclosure! The industry’s arms are made of fences!” Once individual participants are penned in, they can be counted, marked, moved around, and cut out of the herd (to be shorn, or even to be slaughtered if they’re more trouble than they’re worth).

(…)

Pervasive control and surveillance shape what people create and imagine themselves creating, and a dominant intermediary can harm
individual creators.



- Tushnet, Rebecca. “All of This Has Happened Before and All of This Will Happen Again: Innovation in Copyright Licensing.” Berkeley Tech. LJ 29 (2014): 1447.
fanhackers 
february 2018
OTW Guest Post: Laura Beveridge & K-K Bracken
This month's guests Laura Beveridge and K-K Bracken discuss how they both ended up in Harry Potter fandom, met as fans of one another's fanfiction, and ended up writing for The Geekiary together
Books  Fanfiction  Fannish-Practices  News-Media  Guest-Post 
february 2018
Five Things Cosette Said
In February's Five Things, volunteer AO3 coder and OTW website staffer Cosette discusses her roles as well as what she enjoys brainstorming: https://goo.gl/8Gr8d7
Five-Things  Accessibility-Design-&-Technology-Committee 
february 2018
Changes to Star Trek: Discovery Character Tags
Because of the various plot twists, new information has come out about a few of the main characters: Ash Tyler, Voq, and Gabriel Lorca. Accordingly, the Star Trek wranglers have changed the character canonicals to better reflect the changes in canon.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Tag-Wrangling-Committee 
february 2018
Obidala Network is Moving to the AO3
Obidala Network, a Star Wars fanfiction archive, is being imported to AO3! Learn more about the import, including how to claim your works, here
Open-Doors-Committee  Fanfiction 
february 2018
This Week in Fandom, Volume 75
This Week in Fandom: #28DaysOfBlackCosplay empowers black cosplayers; The Crimes of Grindelwald disappoints fans with "not explicitly" gay Dumbledore; women fanfiction writers subvert and reinvent Indian TV
shows; and more!
This_Week_in_Fandom  Cosplay  Fanfiction  Fannish-communities  Gender-and-Sexuality  Movies  Race-Ethnicity-and-Nationality  Television 
february 2018
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