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required reading: I’ve got the thingie. Half in English, half in squibbly by ciderpress
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I’ve got the thingie. Half in English, half in squibbly by ciderpress - fantastic essay on entire icky ickiness of LH and the self-centered pursuit of personal enrichment at the cost of actual people.

My fundamental problem with Laura Hale and her friends is not that they are making money from fandom through googleanalytics or whatever is on the site now or trying to sell the wiki to the highest bidder on content and information that does not belong to her, that was not created by her except for the parts she... fabricated. My problem with Laura Hale and her friends is that they are making money from fandom by lying, by causing distress and real life repercussions, they're making money by gleefully soliciting and generating wank, by making our fandom a fundamentally unsafer and unhappier space. They cause misery, not *just* because they can, but because it puts money in their pockets. All of this is because it's good for *marketing*, it's her viral strategy.

This is not right. I don't care if this is capitalism at work. This is absolutely not right.


(Bolding mine.)

I think she has expressed my feelings on the subject completely. Fantastic piece of meta.


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WORD. I went over and read it, plus the lovely links provided to other LJs.

I just joined as an OTW volunteer, and I'm considering revisions to my LJ profile. Am I paranoid? Maybe. But hubby has a semi-important legal position, and I'm not certain that the job I'm interviewing for next Thursday would be supportive. Not that it's really their business what I do in my off-work time as long as it's not having negative repercussions to my place of employment, but I'm just a bit paranoid.

This whole thing sucks. I'm already hearing people on my flist considering flocking for their own peace of mind. It's rotten.

FYI:

LH has posted an explantion/apology/whatever on the FH Blog:

http://blog.fanhistory.com/

Makes for interesting reading.


Do you know if anyone has reproduced this somewhere that couldn't possibly give her hits? I'm all curious what she says.

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