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Anon culture in fandom

  • Jul. 18th, 2010 at 4:13 PM
crypto: Amy Pond (Default)
So I'm working on my next post for the Symposium blog and I'd like to write about anonymity in fandom. But I need your help!

I've been following the latest anon meme that sprung out of the ViVidCon debates (is there some kind of Fight Club thing where you're not supposed to link to it? or actually name it? I'm going to err on the side of caution here, but let me know if there are standard anon meme rules or norms I should be observing), and it's been pretty fascinating to see the different dynamics of how discussions play out there vs. on LJ/DW. I've checked out a few other anon memes in the past, but this is the longest I've ever followed one. Yet I haven't left any comments on the meme, so I can't claim to be a participant-observer -- there's something about posting anon that just weirds me out (personally, not when other people do it). I'm not sure what it is, but I definitely got weirded out the couple of times in the past that I posted on anon love memes where you tell people on the flist how awesome they are. Which, hey, people on my flist are awesome, and deserve to hear that! So I don't know what my mental block here is.

So I'd love to hear from any of you about the pleasures (and perils!) of posting anon, or participating in anon memes. I'm also thinking of saying something about kink memes, which are the other major place that I'm aware of that carve out a pro-anon space in fandom, and seem to be on the rise over the last couple of years. But I know even less about kink meme culture than anon memes! So any observations, insights, experiences you'd like to share about kink memes & anonymity would be welcome.

And I think I need a third thing, right? I figured I'd at least reference the WoW/Blizzard Real ID controversy, but it would be nice to have a third instance of anon culture in LJ/DW-based media fandom, if anyone has suggestions.

Anon posting for comments is on, naturally (ETA: and IP logging is off). Thanks in advance!

ETA 2: I've fallen way behind on responding to comments, but I'm reading them all & appreciate all the perspectives & experiences & context that everyone's offering.

ETA 3: The first part of my Symposium blog post on anon memes is now up.

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littlebutfierce: (oofuri momokan pr0n)
[personal profile] littlebutfierce wrote:
Jul. 18th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Here via my network; I find this all v. fascinating & look forward to your blog post!

I have never participated in any anon memes of the first type you mention; I'm vaguely aware of them, & have taken quick looks when links come up through my circle or whatever, but they generally seem so hateful that I don't see the point.

Kink memes I know a bit more about. Um, I probably wouldn't have dipped my toe into fic-writing waters had I not had a nice friendly kink meme in which to do it. It helps that the fandom in question is small, so I think people are more appreciative of any fills; I'm not sure if I wanted to do, say, Harry Potter kink memes, that I'd have the nerve.

I don't know if I have anything more useful to say, alas! But I would love to see what others have to say about it.
crypto: Amy Pond (Default)
[personal profile] crypto wrote:
Jul. 18th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! My post should be up on Wednesday.

That's an interesting point about how small vs. large fandom kink memes work. They do seem very inviting and low-threshold for a new writer.