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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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crypto: Amy Pond (Default)
[personal profile] crypto wrote:
Jul. 18th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it makes sense to think of online anonymity in relative rather than absolute terms. I didn't check to verify whether this was true, but somebody said that the new meme has one of those invisible bug tracker things in the layout.

I guess 4chan would be the prime example of online anon culture, but from a distance it's hard for me to gauge how (dis)similar it is to LJ/DW anon memes.
thistleingrey: (Default)
[personal profile] thistleingrey wrote:
Jul. 18th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
True re: 4chan on both counts, I think--stuff there sounds to me more like the old pile-ons on fark.com, which is not anon-based, and then I lose the thread of where distinctions can be drawn. :/

The (other) comments here are interesting, at any rate, and I look forward to your blog post.
norabombay: (Default)
[personal profile] norabombay wrote:
Jul. 19th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Bug tracker in the layout at http://community.livejournal.com/fail_fandomanon ? I didn't see anything, but I am curious what to look for.

(And I'll admit. I've posted)
[personal profile] whatistigerbalm wrote:
Jul. 23rd, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
The only thing I could find over there is http://l-stat.livejournal.com/img/dot.gif and that's a part of the normal tracking service that LJ provides. It would take going over every single comment to see if people are inserting these things in their own replies but then the mod account should be able to see them easily enough if it's set to receive e-mail notifications.