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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.



sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
[personal profile] sholio wrote:
Jul. 19th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
Regarding anonymity in fic exchanges and ficathons -- yeah, a lot of them work that way. I've been running [ profile] sga_genficathon for three years now, and we do it anonymously with the authors' names revealed a couple weeks later. Like [personal profile] vehemently said, it really evens things out and gives new authors, or those who are writing outside their comfort zone (people who don't normally write gen, for example), a chance to stand on equal footing with the authors who have a well-established following. I think that's why most of them do it, as well as avoiding the problem of trying to be polite when you discover that your long-awaited gift fic was written by the one person in the fandom you truly can't stand. *g* But since it is temporary, and in a very specific context (i.e. the feedback isn't anon, just the stories), I don't know how it compares to anon culture in general, whether it's totally different or overlaps in some aspects.

(Here from Metafandom, btw.)