The Toybox

people for the conservation of limited amounts of indignation



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I am seriously getting to the point where I spent more time worrying about my fannishness and discussing my fannishness and exploring the cognitive conceptualization of fannishness and like, metaing on the abstract theory of fannishness than actually, y'know, being goddamn fannish. About anything. Anywhere.

See, that's the main reason why I stopped following metafandom. I check out the occasional link to these train wrecks, sure, but most of the time I read fanfic, watch vids, enjoy shows, and post about what I watched, read and would like to see. Pure fannish bliss! :D (Here, take 1:10 min of German soap opera, not safe for work! And no language skills required *g*)

But the thing is, I kind of have to, because while I love the acafen are my white knights and all, oh my God I am hovering behind them with smelling salts while they defend fandom's honor and that is totally not on.

That doesn't bother me. We have specialists for everything, why not for that? Whenever I'm really upset with something going in fandom that involves outside forces, I tend to donate money to the OTW. That makes me feel better and I can continue to enjoy my fannish space without becoming a meta warrior.

This, yes. People are going to read whatever they want into what you write, whether it's necessarily really there or not. You cannot stop them, and if it's going to affect you then you'll probably find out about it when it does -- meanwhile, you don't have to be giving yourself a graduate-level education in this stuff if that's not where your interests lie. There are people around who already know the background stuff, it's not necessary to learn everything about everything, just pick your own fields to delve into and let experts handle the rest.

That doesn't bother me. We have specialists for everything, why not for that? Whenever I'm really upset with something going in fandom that involves outside forces, I tend to donate money to the OTW. That makes me feel better and I can continue to enjoy my fannish space without becoming a meta warrior.

I am totally seeing you in armour holding a long, sharpened pencil like a sword now. That totally made my day.

I think it wouldn't bother me if it wasn't quite so--inaccessible to figure out what I'm being protected from. I am fundamentally--and this does not show on this LJ, I know--really retiring about this sort of thing. But fandom is so personal in so many ways, my participation is already required by virtue of existing in it. So I am okay wiht other people taking up the banner, but I really want to know what they are doing, since again, existence here is participation.

Myabe I have trust issues.

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