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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.



facetofcathy: four equal blocks of purple and orange shades with a rusty orange block centred on top (Default)
[personal profile] facetofcathy wrote:
Jul. 18th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
One other anon thing that is not a meme, is wank-report at Journalfen where a lot of Fandom Wank and Unfunnybusiness posts come from. It's interesting that the reporting is mostly anon, whereas the commenting on the two comms themselves is usually restricted to non-anon. I actually find the threads on Wank Report more interesting than Fandom Wank itself.

I've been following the Big Bang threads on spnpermanon because it is one of the few places outside a very tiny minority of delicious users where you get honest critical reactions to fic. You get grudge wank and sniping and various other things too, but it's one of the few places where someone might say something insightful, but not totally positive, about a story. You also realize how very, very lonely (and safe) it must be to write Gen fic.

I have not got the patience to follow a regular anon meme just due to volume and signal to noise ratio.
crypto: Amy Pond (Default)
[personal profile] crypto wrote:
Jul. 18th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I didn't think of wank_report!

Yeah, one thing that really struck me about the SPN anon meme is the fic discussion, which is so rare on LJ/DW. I haven't looked at other fandom-specific anon memes recently to see if that's a common thread, though I think I remember seeing similar critical discussions of fic on the bandom anon meme a while back.