Academia, Education and Curriculum, Fanart, Fanfiction, Movies, Music, Studies, News of Note
A webinar presentation on Open Learning in Fan Fiction Communities was held at the Connected Learning site. Presented by several scholars from The University of Washington Information School, it discussed various aspects of fanfic communities, including a term they developed called 'distributed affect' which described "emotional experiences [that] could also be embodied outside a group and led to significant increases in collaborative creativity."
The Elections Committee is trying out new software for the 2015 election season, and we need your help to make sure it's going to work perfectly.
Commercialization of Fans, Fanart, Fanfiction, Fanfilms, Gaming, Television, News of Note
- A post at Polygon disagreed with fans' protests about game mods being sold on Steam. "Over and over, it’s been shown that when great content is rewarded with cash, better content flows forward. Of course, more crap will also flow in — but Steam has spent years improving its Workshop system to let the best content filter to the top. Modders will now have a reason to finish their work, and the best modders will find reward in the social aspects of the modding scene — as well as monetarily. The idea that adding a layer of real-world rewards will somehow stifle content is absurd."
Academia, Fanart, Fandoms, Fanfiction, Fannish Communities, Gender and Sexuality, Journal Committee, Music, OTW Sightings, Studies, News of Note
The new issue of Cinema Journal was guest edited by the OTW's Kristina Busse and she, along with co-editor of Transformative Works and Cultures Karen Hellekson, contributed articles. The entire issue is available for free online. Topics include articles on fan labor and feminism, fandom's gift culture, Fifty Shades and the "archive of women’s culture," and articles focusing on sampling, vidding, and cosplay.
Elections, Open Doors Committee, Volunteers & Recruiting, Volunteering
We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Communications Graphics volunteers and Tag Wrangling volunteers. Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:
- Elections Committee Staff - [closing 25 May 2015 UTC]
- Open Doors Staff- [closing 25 May 2015 UTC]
We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.
All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.
If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.
Academia, Education and Curriculum, Fanfiction, Fannish Practices, Gender and Sexuality, Women in Technology, News of Note
DNAInfo reported on workshops that use Sci-Fi, Fan Fiction to Teach Girls STEM and Writing Skills. "'A lot of the series that are popular today, like ‘Hunger Games’ or ‘Divergent,’ feature white characters...We think it’s really important to expose girls to visions of the future that have girls that look like them in leading roles doing the changing.' The project’s namesake, author Octavia E. Butler, inspired the founders to use science fiction as a way to talk about broader issues in social activism, gender, class and race. 'She looked at society through a real critical lens and didn’t sugarcoat anything...It blew me away because I never saw how sci-fi could be used to make me think of history and my own role.'”
DMCA, Fan Videos, Fannish Practices, Intellectual Property, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, News of Note
NPR was among some reporting on a new Russian policy that began banning some memes. "In effect it really bans all memes using celebrities. Insofar as the language of this announcement, which was posted on VKontakte (ph) - which is the Russian equivalent of Facebook - they said that any images that use famous people's identities, or images, they're against the law if they take that image out of context of that person's reputation." However, "this decision is totally unenforceable. The entire point is not to purge the Internet of bad things. It's to make people online afraid of getting in trouble."
DMCA, Fan Videos, Legal Advocacy, Legal Committee, Spotlight
Last week OTW Legal joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to file comments on the U.S. Copyright Office's rulemaking on Section 1201 of the Copyright Act. This filing explains why noncommercial remix videos are fair use and should receive an exemption from copyright restrictions which make it illegal to break encryption on visual formats such as DVD, Blu Ray and streaming video.
Books, Comics, Fan Videos, Fanart, Fanfiction, Movies, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, Television, News of Note
Arab Times reported on a new comedy, Ana Maria in Novela Land which features a bodyswapping heroine. "Ana Maria [is] an under-achieving twentysomething who spends far too much time focused on the soap. Between live-tweeting the telenovela while it airs, writing fan fiction featuring its lead characters, and spending almost every waking moment mulling over new plot developments, Ana Maria has little time for anything else." They conclude that the show's "sporadic tweaking of telenovelas and the fans who love them is often quite clever."
Accessibility, Design, & Technology, Archive of Our Own, Fandoms, Fanlore, Wiki Committee, Event
Now that our membership drive has wrapped up (thank you, everyone!) we also want to give you a wrap-up reminder of our April Showers fandom celebrations from this year.
Below, we've collected the links to every fandom post we made, along with links to each fandom's AO3 and Fanlore pages, so you can make sure you didn't miss any of them. And the April Showers Recs (2015) collection has recommended works in dozens of fandoms, so you can make spring last as long as you want!
We'd love to thank each and every one of you who reblogged, retweeted, liked, and clicked on any of our tweets or Tumblr posts... but that would take too long and would get in the way of your checking out all the great fandoms listed here. Enjoy!