If they show sports events at bars why don’t they show tv shows?
someone should get to making a fandom bar.
no but can you imagine? fandom themed drinks, tv show maraton nights, discount to cosplayers, and special season finale events.WHY ISNT THIS A THING??!!
Tech Writer Clive Thompson: “The world of fanfiction is the most technologically explosive thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
The leading flank in discovering how to use technology in cool, interesting, thoughtful ways will generally always be the amateurs. […]
I have a whole theory, actually, that the world of fan fiction is the most technologically explosive thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Every single technology that has come along, fan fiction people have come along and colonized it and stress-tested it and found the most amazing things. They were the first people to realize the potential of meta-tagging and bookmarking sites. Like, here’s a link with four tags, and then you go to a fan fiction person, and they have a link, and it has 70 tags. They are pushing this to absolute limit, and they are finding these amazing ways to sort knowledge.
It’s all because they’re passionate and nobody is making any money off of it and they don’t want to make any money off of it. They get some amazing stuff done. If you’re ever wondering about a future technology, just drop what you’re doing and find out what fan fiction people are doing with it. What are fan fiction people doing right now with WhatsApp? I don’t know. But, whatever it is, it’s the future.
- SXSW Interview: Author Clive Thompson Explains FOMO, the NSA, and His Latest Book, “Smarter Than You Think” (x)
Anonymous said: Hello, I hope this isn't an impertinent question. But. How do you know so much about the more esoteric areas of fandom culture? Is it osmoted largely/solely through the tumblrs that you follow? Or through LJ and other fandom spaces? If it's not a bother, would you mind explaining what those spaces are? I am in awe at the breadth of your knowledge so I thought I'd just ask :) Thank you.
thank you! i’m glad you appreciate my writing! :) and yeah it’s basically a combination of who i follow on tumblr/twitter, and the amount of time i spend online (ie a lot, because it’s my job). i also check some media news sites like deadline etc, altho that’s less fandom-y & more just about the movie/tv production side of things.
it’s more a case of recognizing why something is relevant and then contextualizing it, for example when i’m writing about something like Marvel’s gilded cage, or explaining to a non-fandom audience why SPN fans are mad about Destiel or whatever. i find fandom interesting and i’m glad that i get to write about it from an informed perspective.