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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.



phoebe_zeitgeist: (Default)
[personal profile] phoebe_zeitgeist wrote:
Jul. 19th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
And once again, I'm rewarded for reading the anonymeme
It's how I found your post, which I've put in the metafandom links for today.

Anyway, as I'm sure you know, you and [personal profile] cathexys are far from being the only ones who've posted a lot less over the past year or two, partly because of a shift in modes of engagement. I know I'm being overly optimistic to think that this meme alone will make much of a change in how non-anon debate is handled on LJ/DW, but I'd like to think it's at least possible. The whole thing keeps reminding me of the Great Loyalty Oath episode in Catch-22: it's like seeing Major __ de Coverly stand in the middle of the mess hall and shout, "Give everybody eats!"
crypto: Amy Pond (Default)
[personal profile] crypto wrote:
Jul. 19th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: And once again, I'm rewarded for reading the anonymeme
I'll just qualify to say that I'm not sure that posting less is always automatically a bad thing in some contexts, especially if the net result is to amplify different voices which had been marginalized. But I also think that there's a value in having spaces that facilitate grappling with issues that one is unsure or ambivalent or frustrated about -- spaces which include posting under filter or flock or in anon memes or through other channels like email or chat.