Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
I'm looking at the definition of Fandom and Science Fiction Fandom a bit.... in general, I find the useful definition is that fandom is a community of fans. There are, as one would expect, many different communities that all have the same interest.
And this all goes back to what does it mean to be a fan of something, and perhaps even more importantly, what does fandom actually mean?
If you've spent any time in any fandom, you'll realize very quickly that this isn't a non-controversial question.
I don't think the poltical sides of fan communities is all that different from any other ideological "virtual" community -- the same sorts of things appear in religious groups, political groups, civic groups, and probably all sorts of enthusiast groups and so on -- if there's any truth to Best in Show, there are elements of that in Dog Show communities, and I've seen it in the music-fan groups as well.
The comparison that I come back to is a religious one -- as part of the Lutheran service that I grew up with, one professes to believe in One Catholic Church -- of course, in a Protestant congregation, that's a bit strange. And I've encountered people who confuse a particular denomination with the religion as a whole -- people who assume that all Christians are Catholics, or that a particular belief is carried by all people of a certain faith, when there aren't a lot of beliefs that are shared by all people that might identify with a particular religious label.
I keep circling around this topic of what these communities mean -- and someday, I'd really like to focus on What It All Means in some extended, focused format, but I haven't quite figured out how I would want to go about it. It's a topic that interests me -- as a technological professional, as someone who is a science fiction and comic book enthusiast, and as someone who has done his share of organization and community building in those communities. And how these communities relate to what they are built around -- the community is not just about the material, as there are people that may be members of a fan community but have little current interest in the material that inspired the community.
I'm sure I'll get back to this topic again, as little things remind me of it from time to time...
Thursday, December 23, 2004
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
(well, maybe not better than the original Grinch-- but it's the best new one this year.)
Hopefully there will be more The Venture Brothers episodes made. It sounds likely, looking at some of the following websites:
The Venture Brothers on TV Tome
A Review of The Venture Brothers on The Simon
And there is an interview with Dr Venture on ign as well.
And believe it or not, there is an official Venture Brothers website.
I've been told that the release date wil be after CONvergence next year, and I think her later books have needed some more editorial involvement, but it's something to look forward to...
Extremists in the persuit of an interest have a lot in common.
Actually, I'd disagree with the "men dominate" generalization he makes though -- my experience is that the people who are bothered the most with the changes to the new Battlestar Galactica are women.
Monday, December 20, 2004
Movie reviewer Roger Ebert on classic SF Fandom.....and what it has evolved into today.
Monday, December 13, 2004
Friday, December 10, 2004
Thursday, December 09, 2004
(Of course, anyone who has read The Onion for fifteen years isn't surprised by that sort of thing...)
Sunday, December 05, 2004
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Subscribe to Posts [Atom]