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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 
2 days 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 
2 days 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 
4 days 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 
7 days 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.”

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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 
7 days 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 days 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 
10 days 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 
10 days 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 
14 days 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 
16 days 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 
16 days 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 
17 days 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 
19 days 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 
19 days 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 
20 days 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 
22 days 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 
23 days 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 
26 days 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 
27 days 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 
28 days 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 
4 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 
4 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 
4 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 
4 weeks ago
OTW Finance: 2018 Budget
The OTW's 2018 budget is now available! Follow the link to learn more.
Announcement  Finance-Commitee  Finance-Reports 
4 weeks ago
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 
4 weeks ago
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 
4 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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?:

destinationtoast:

meeedeee:

“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 
6 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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.
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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:

cfiesler:

brevityandclarity:

transformativeworks:

centrumlumina:

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 
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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.
call-for-papers  fannish-practices  gender-and-sexuality  race-ethnicity-nationality  technology  television  transformative-works-and-cultures 
9 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
Thanks for Participating in IFD 2018
International Fanworks Day has ended and prizes have been awarded for #IFDShare and #IFDFest. Here are some stats and fan creations we'd like to share. And remember, we'd love to hear what fan communities have planned for next year's event!
Event 
february 2018
It’s International Fanworks Day 2018
International Fanworks Day is finally here! Don't forget to join in the #IFD2018 fun by taking part in our short fanwork challenge, by reccing fanworks in #IFDShare or by joining us for discussion and games in our 29 hour chat room party!
Event  Fannish-communities 
february 2018
Welcome to Feedback Fest 2018
OTW's Feedback Fest begins today as part of #IFD2018! Leave a comment on our post by February 16 with your recs or link your post elsewhere that's tagged #IFDFest. You may also win a prize! Share your love for fanworks & encourage others to leave feedback! https://goo.gl/kTb2Hx
Event  Announcement  Fannish-Practices 
february 2018
What We're Doing for #IFD2018
What will you be doing on Feb 15th? OTW will be celebrating International Fanworks Day in all timezones with #IFDFest #IFDShare & games. Take part in our activities or tell us about your fandom's plans so we can signal boost them! Spread the word about #IFD2018 https://goo.gl/Qb44j1
Event  Communications-Committee  Announcement 
february 2018
Fanhackers • Perhaps most notably, by offering works that...
"Perhaps most notably, by offering works that arguably “push the envelope” more than the works of the..." “Perhaps most notably, by offering works that arguably “push the envelope” more than the works of the formal manga industry, dōjinshi may produce examples of innovation that create new opportunities for the entire industry. Indeed, mainstream manga publishing companies have in the past brought the styles and ideas of “hot” subcultures into their own product lines. New genres fostered by the dōjinshi markets– genres that are often quite risqué – have been at times been adopted by mainstream commercial manga publishers.”

- Mehra, Salil. “Copyright and comics in Japan: Does law explain why all the cartoons my kid watches are Japanese imports.” Rutgers L. Rev. 55 (2002): 155.
fanhackers 
february 2018
January 2018 Newsletter, Volume 120
OTW Legal alerts fans to a phishing scam imitating AO3 plus more news about work they're doing for fans. Did you know in 2017 Tag Wranglers managed 1/4 of ALL tags ever created for AO3? There's also a new AO3 tutorial out & updates and stats for you: https://goo.gl/dEPsmR
Newsletter  OTW-Sections 
february 2018
The OTW is Recruiting Fanlore Staff, Translators, and Graphic Designers
Do you have graphic design experience? An interest in fannish history? Are you fluent in a language other than English? The OTW is recruiting Fanlore staff, translators, and graphic designers. Learn more and apply here!
Volunteering  Translation-Committee  Development-&-Membership-Committee  Fanlore-Committee 
february 2018
Open Doors Celebrates the Completion of 11 Archive Imports in 2016!
The OTW's Open Doors project is pleased to announce the completion of eleven fanfiction and fanart archive imports in 2016. That's a total of over 17,000 works now available on AO3! Click here to find out more.
Open-Doors-Committee  Fanfiction  Fanart 
february 2018
What Fanworks Mean to Me 2018
International Fanworks Day is next week! While you're waiting for February 15th, you can read fan submissions on #WhatFanworksMeantoMe and also take part in a conversation about fanworks in your daily life! https://goo.gl/L9Mcua
Event  Fannish-communities  Fannish-Histories  Fannish-Practices 
february 2018
Open Doors Celebrates the Completion of 16 Archive Imports in 2017!
OTW's Open Doors is pleased to announce the completion of 16 fanfiction archive import projects in 2017, a total of over 42,000 works now available on AO3! Click here to see if your old favourite is on the list.
Open-Doors-Committee  Fanfiction 
january 2018
This Week in Fandom, Volume 74
This Week in Fandom: Please Stand By and Star Trek fandom representation; more United States works to enter the public domain; Johnlock shippers around the world; and more!
This_Week_in_Fandom  Fanfiction  Fannish-communities  Gender-and-Sexuality  Intellectual-Property  Movies 
january 2018
Fanhackers • In the Japanese media system, organized around...
"In the Japanese media system, organized around idols, the consumer is positioned as a fan. For the..." “In the Japanese media system, organized around idols, the consumer is positioned as a fan. For the fan-consumer, the idol as an object of desire is a fantasy or ideal construct, a “mirror” reflection, which resonates with deep affective or emotional meaning.”

- Galbraith and Karlin, Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture, p2
fanhackers 
january 2018
Fanhackers • Scholars within fan studies have generally...
"Scholars within fan studies have generally maintained, with varying degrees of insistence, that fan..." “Scholars within fan studies have generally maintained, with varying degrees of insistence, that fan texts are collaborative, but our understanding of the mechanics of fan collaboration, especially in vidding, is still incomplete. An ecological model of composition lets us have it both ways; it encourages us to pay attention to both the individual and social aspects of authorship and, perhaps more importantly, to the interactions between them. Studying the ecology within which vidders produce, including the generic and show-specific interpretive conventions that guide audience perception and thus vidder creation, allows us to think in new ways about vidders’ creative processes and the rhetorical work that goes into vidding.”

- Turk, Tisha and Joshua Johnson. 2012. “Toward an Ecology of Vidding.” In “Fan/Remix Video,” edited by Francesca Coppa and Julie Levin Russo, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 9.
fanhackers 
january 2018
This Week in Fandom, Volume 73
This Week in Fandom: Voltron fandom Lance Is Bi theory and queer media representation; controversial cartoons teach UK kids about intellectual property and piracy; first-fandom memories from the late '90s; and more!
This_Week_in_Fandom  Anime-and-Manga  Fannish-communities  Fannish-Histories  Gender-and-Sexuality  Intellectual-Property  Television 
january 2018
Fanhackers • Fan groups that translate anime and manga have had...
"Fan groups that translate anime and manga have had a strong influence on the evolution of commercial..." “Fan groups that translate anime and manga have had a strong influence on the evolution of commercial translation strategies for the medium, and anime clubs and conventions often develop symbiotic ties with industry retailers. As inferred by the terms “group” and “club,” manga and anime consumption is often viewed as a social activity. “Scanlations” (fan-made translations of manga) and “fansubs” (fan-made subtitled anime), which are produced for and distributed among fans, also often entail group effort. This direct involvement by fans in the introduction of the source material into the target culture allows them to be not only consumers but also distributors and producers. Furthermore, commercially translated manga tend to be consumed as overtly foreignized texts, with their readers well aware that they are reading translations, and this encourages the fanbase to appropriate the texts as more than foreign import products, establishing them as cultural possessions in the minds of the fanbase at large.”

- Manga Translation and Interculture | Cathy Sell
fanhackers 
january 2018
OTW Guest Post: Josh Lamel
As Copyright Week ends, this month's guest, Josh Lamel of @recreateco , talks to us about how the coalition got started, how fans can get involved, and what the OTW's role has been. Plus, if you'd like to be one of their fan creator profiles, let us know! https://goo.gl/KBTmQa
Guest-Post  Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
january 2018
Five Things Betsy Rosenblatt Said
As part of our participation in Copyright Week, this month's Five Things post with OTW Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt discusses whether or not a fair use utopia could exist and how her entire life has become a little bit fannish: https://goo.gl/twTxho
Five-Things  Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Volunteering 
january 2018
Artifact Storage Room 3 is Moving to the AO3
Artifact Storage Room 3, a Sentinel fanfiction and fanart archive, is being imported to AO3. Learn more about the import, including how to claim your works, here
Open-Doors-Committee  Fanfiction  Fan-art  Television 
january 2018
Fanhackers • The history of the Star Trek fandom has been...
"The history of the Star Trek fandom has been largely defined by its instances of fan mobilization...." “The history of the Star Trek fandom has been largely defined by its instances of fan mobilization. While the fandom can be said to have come into existence in 1966 with the premier of the first episode of Star Trek, the fandom arguably only truly came into its own when the series was cancelled. As previously discussed, when the original Star Trek series was cancelled in 1968, fans of the series mobilized around a letter writing campaign and “pressure[d] NBC to keep and later return their show to the airways” (Jenkins, as cited by Scardaville, 2005, p.882). Although the show‟s revival lasted only one season, the event marked a turning point for both the Star Trek fandom and for fandoms in general: the success of the letter writing campaign showed that fans can and do have an influence over the decisions producers make – that the power relations between fans and producers are not entirely unilateral. If not the first instance, the letter writing campaign has certainly been the most well documented instance of successful fan mobilization in the history of modern fandoms, and has been the standard for many subsequent fan mobilizations.”

- Devin Beauregard, Cultural Policy in the Digital Age: The Emergence of Fans as Political Agents in Copyright Discourse, p91
fanhackers 
january 2018
This Week in Fandom, Volume 72
This Week in Fandom: AU text fic BTSoutcast goes viral on Twitter; fans criticize NBC’s Rise for straightwashing its main character; Counterfind bot continues to block Outlander fan pages on social media; the historical origins of shipping; and more!
This_Week_in_Fandom  Entertainment-Industries  Fanfiction  Fannish-communities  Fannish-Histories  Gender-and-Sexuality  Intellectual-Property  Music  Television 
january 2018
International Fanworks Day 2018 Is Coming
Are you excited about next month’s International Fanworks Day? Share your thoughts about your love for fanworks between now and January 31 with #WhatFanworksMeantoMe and we may signal boost you! For more info on how to take part, check this out: https://goo.gl/hMcr3M
Communications-Committee  Event  Announcement  Fannish-Practices 
january 2018
Fanhackers • The task of archiving was once entrusted only to...
"The task of archiving was once entrusted only to museums, libraries, and other institutions that..." “

The task of archiving was once entrusted only to museums, libraries, and other institutions that acted as repositories of culture in material form. But with the rise of digital networked media, a multitude of self-designated archivists—fans, pirates, hackers—have become practitioners of cultural preservation on the Internet. These nonprofessional archivists have democratized cultural memory, building freely accessible online archives of whatever content they consider suitable for digital preservation. In Rogue Archives, Abigail De Kosnik examines the practice of archiving in the transition from print to digital media, looking in particular at Internet fan fiction archives. 

De Kosnik explains that media users today regard all of mass culture as an archive, from which they can redeploy content for their own creations. Hence, “remix culture” and fan fiction are core genres of digital cultural production.



- Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom | Abigail de Kosnik
fanhackers 
january 2018
The OTW is Recruiting Tag Wranglers, Plus Communications and Translation Staff
Do you like organizing and working in teams? Or do you have an interest in new media and networking? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting for Tag Wranglers, Volunteer Managers and Media Outreach personnel! Learn more and apply here.
Volunteering  Communications-Committee  Translation-Committee  Tag-Wrangling-Committee 
january 2018
This Week in Fandom, Volume 71
This Week in Fandom: Restrictive content guidelines for Marvel's Create Your Own; USS Callister and fan culture; fans grieve the death of K-Pop star Jonghyun; Neil Gaiman on fanfiction filling in the gaps of canon; and more!
Books  Comics  Commercialization-of-Fans  Fandoms  Fanfiction  Fannish-communities  Intellectual-Property  Music 
january 2018
Fanhackers • Lecture 3: Early Fan Studies | Lori Morimoto on...
Lecture 3: Early Fan Studies | Lori Morimoto on Patreon Lecture 3: Early Fan Studies | Lori Morimoto on Patreon:

Check out this free Fan Studies lecture on early fan studies by Lori Morimoto! It’s a great overview of some of the works that started fan studies as a discipline. It also puts them in a contemporary context, sketching out how fandom and approaches to studying it have changed since.
fanhackers 
january 2018
Fanhackers • Unlike larger [K-pop] groups with official...
"Unlike larger [K-pop] groups with official Japanese fan clubs, Shin-Okubo idol groups usually..." “Unlike larger [K-pop] groups with official Japanese fan clubs, Shin-Okubo idol groups usually operate on a point card system. Attending each concert usually equals one point (though there are double point days), and purchasing certain merchandise (such as towels or penlights/fanlights) earns extra points. Bringing along a friend for their first concert also earns an extra point, which cultivates fan labor. As the points accumulate various benefits are awarded, often culminating with a rare option like the 5 minute date [with an idol] (say, after 50 points).”

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‘Benefits’ and Labor – K-pop Fandom in Tokyo Beyond the Major Groups | Miranda Larsen

Part of a longer series about K-pop fandom that’s very much worth checking out.
fanhackers 
january 2018
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