May 25th, 2007


The Perfect Storm...

Let's see if LJ lets me post this.

I've been involved off and on with fandom since...ooooo...grammar school (that would be pre-teens for you non-U.S. people). I can't say for sure, but definitely almost that long.

And I have to say, before this week the only Perfect Storm I knew about was the one I lived through back in 1991 when the No Name nor'easter battered the New England coast and killed the crew of the Andrea Gail out of Gloucester in the People's Republic of Massachusetts.

And yet, here I am, staring at what is possibly a true Perfect Storm in the virtual world of fandom culture. It is amazing and terrifying to behold.

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Which gets me thinking: and it's something that I think we've all overlooked.

Look around you. Look at your FList. Instead of seeing that FList as a bunch of single pages, think of them as a list of individuals. And each one of those individuals have FLists of their own.

Then think about how fast information flashes across LJ — be it fannish stuff, or memes, or wank. Think how it sometimes jumps out of or into fandom, or communities with specialized interests, crossing not just the boundaries we put up via our interest lists, but also some real life barriers, like...geography, language, and national borders.

Then I want you to think of how many people are here. No, think about it. There are almost 13 million people here. (Source: LJ stats.) Sure, active bloggers are somewhat less than that, but even if you cut that number in half, that's still roughly 7.5 million people.

Do you wanna know what that is, kiddoes?


Now before you laugh it off, I want you to think about something:

Remember how back in March 2006 there were a bunch of protests over draconian actions (both real and proposed) taken with respect to illegal aliens in the U.S.? Remember how one of those protests involved 15,000 L.A. students who staged a walk-out and school administrators were caught off guard because there wasn't even a rumor this was going to happen?

Wanna know how they organized? MySpace.

A social networking site.

In fact, the social networking site that was the primary target of the so-called "MySpace Bill." The same bill that got shot down by mass action on the part of the online community.

*beams innocently*

Now I ain't sayin' that maybe my fellow U.S. citizens on LJ should be getting organized. And I ain't sayin' that maybe my fellow U.S. citizens should be dousing their friendly neighborhood Congress-critters with, oh, their opinions.

But wouldn't it be kind fun of we did?

I mean, people on LJ raised such a ruckus over Mary Jane and FanLib that people outside of our little world of LJ (not to mention outside of our little world of fandom) actually heard us bitch about it.

Now think of what we could do if we decided to start stomping on proposed laws that are not in our best interests.

While I'm not a Firefly fan, I truly can't think of a better call here:

I think that it's time we all aim to misbehave.

ETA: Thanks to mpoetess from pointing out that the fight over the so-called "MySpace Bill" happened last year. The original text has been altered to reflect that change. A big thank you to mpoetess for correcting me.
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Administrivia: Adding to and trimming from FList

I've had a little bit of churning over the past few months on my FList, y'know, just the regular friend/unfriend kind of thing as interests diverge, or I've said something that pissed people off, and all of that.

I, of course, have done nothing by way of cleaning up my own FList since I started this thing waaaaay back in 2004.

I'm in the midst of a little bit of a FList trim, but as usual I seem to be adding more people than actually cutting. Gah! Typical. *facepalm*

Side note: A big thank you to people who've friended me over the past few months (and days, as it turns out). I'm sorry I haven't responded, but I've been hiding from doing this bit of administrative work since, oh, September 2006.

Procrastination, thy name is Liz. ^_^

Part of it is that, in some cases, I've been hesitant to add people because I have no idea who some of the people friending me are and why, but mostly it's procrastination.

Just FYI, in general, I'm cutting the LJs:

  • of people who haven't posted to their LJ in the past few months (or at all!)
  • where I can't tell why they friended me
  • of people who have already unfriended me for whatever reason
  • are clearly spam LJs, commercial LJs, or serial frienders

I suspect this is going to take me until Sunday.

If I've unfriended you, please know:

  • It's not personal.
  • I may have done it by accident, in which case let me know and I'll add you back onto the FList.
  • It's because I didn't see any recent entries on your LJ, in which case, again, let me know and I'll add you back onto the FList.

If you want a quick check on whether or not I've unfriended you, you can check out Joule. If I have unfriended you, I'll probably show up on either Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

(Like I said, this is gonna take a little bit.)

Note that if you're already friended, some of you might see yourselves getting friended again. That's because I hit modify by accident or something.

Let me stress one thing: Roughly 95% of this LJ is not under a FLock of any kind. I only FLock the odd RL stuff I post here and the occasional entry where I feel like putting on my fandom wanky pants so I can rant.

In short, you're not going to be missing a whole hell of a lot in the FLocked posts if you get cut. I swear.

Anyway, thanks for bearing with me. And I apologize for any inconvenience.

ETA: I've tried 23 times to post this stupid thing to LJ and I couldn't. At long last, success!

ETA Electric Boogalo: Even if you're not on my FList, you are of course more than welcome to hang out here (and comment, too). If I make a public post, then I better be able to take my lumps, both good and bad, right? Just clearing up that bit of confusion. Sorry.
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