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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.



(Anonymous) wrote:
Jul. 19th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
Re: lol tl;dr
I don't know about anywhere else on 4chan, but /pco/ and /coq/ (the het&yuri and slash/yaoi fanworks forums, respectively) have a decent leavening of women on them, especially /coq/. it's the one part of 4chan that I've ever really hung out on (I used to be a regular on their Watchmen threads, before 4chan split the het and slash onto different boards and all the main action in Watchmen fandom shifted to the lj kinkmeme), and I know several other writers and several artists on lj, both male and female, who are also /coq/ browsers/posters.

I'm not sure all the male posters (who IMO are still probably the majority) realize that a good quarter-to-a-third of the gay pr0n ficlets and art they're LOLing over or fapping to are written/drawn by girls, though.
(Anonymous) wrote:
Jul. 19th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Re: lol tl;dr
Isn't plus4chan a completely different site? All the chans have different cultures, and I'm not sure how easily you can generalize; I mean, even the female-heavy /cm/ is going to be different from the female-heavy /coq/.
(Anonymous) wrote:
Jul. 19th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: lol tl;dr
Those boards aren't on 4chan though. +4chan is a completely different site with a different reason for existing. I don't think you can, at this point, compare 4chan and +4. /coq/ is definitely a lot more laid-back and easy-going, with next to no trolling.

Your last sentence could very well be true though, since there does tend to be some overlap between +4's /coq/ and 4chan's /co/ (especially when fanart threads kick up for tv shows or movies).