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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.



giandujakiss: (Default)
[personal profile] giandujakiss wrote:
Jul. 18th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Ditto. I was never attracted to the SPN anon meme - if I glanced over without a link, all I saw was in-joking or sighing over actors or whatever that just wasn't interesting. When someone linked me to something specific, it was usually something horrifyingly vicious.

But I started reading the fandom-fail anon because it was directly discussing imbroglios that I had been following, and I've been really fascinated by a lot of the discussions there. (Have not and will not comment there, but I have enjoyed reading some of it). ETA: I particularly enjoyed a thread on fail-anon where someone was asking about the application of the Bechdel test, because I've always wondered about that! I.e., does something pass the Bechdel test if two women cops talk about a male murder victim? Or two women doctors talk about a male patient? Or two women talk about a football team, or the president?

Edited 2010-07-18 10:10 pm (UTC)
crypto: Amy Pond (Default)
[personal profile] crypto wrote:
Jul. 18th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw the Bechdel test thread and I'd never even thought of most of that stuff. It made me realize that I kind of conflate the Bechdel test with Virginia Woolf's "Chloe liked Olivia" passage in A Room of One's Own.