• Volunteer Recruitment for Web Developers and Elections

    Tags: Elections, Volunteers & Recruiting, Web Strategy, Design & Development Committee, Volunteering

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    We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Tag Wranglers and Wiki Staff.

    Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

    • Elections Workgroup Volunteer: Candidate Liaison - closing 21 July 2014 UTC

    • Elections Workgroup Volunteer: Communication Specialist - closing 21 July 2014 UTC
    • Elections Workgroup Volunteer: Voting Process Architect - closing 21 July 2014 UTC
    • Web Strategy, Design & Development Staffer: Web Developer - closing 21 July 2014 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.

  • OTW Fannews: Remembering the past

    Tags: Fanfiction, Fannish Communities, Fannish Histories, Intellectual Property, Music, Roleplaying, Technology, News of Note

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    At The Atlantic, Courtney Klauser discussed her education in social networks thanks to fandom. "Looking back, I most miss the personal anonymity; an online existence without photography or video, a time when it was normal not to use your real name, when people could interact without demographic data being harvested for advertisers or shuffling people into neat demographic categories in the name of improved user experience...Yet the online world where I first encountered the pleasures of fan culture no longer exists at all."

  • The censorship problems faced by anime and manga fans

    Tags: Anime and Manga, Fanhackers, Legal Advocacy, Spotlight

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    For fans of manga, anime, and other Japanese media, pointing and laughing at inaccurate mass media portrayals of Japanese pop culture has been something of a sport for decades. A few weeks ago, however, things took a slightly more serious turn.

    The ball got rolling when early in June, the Japanese House of Representatives approved a long-overdue law banning the possession of child pornography. Up to now, creating and distributing child pornography was as forbidden in Japan as anywhere else, but “simple possession” had not yet been criminalized. The new law applies only to “real” child pornography and leaves alone completely fictional depictions of underage characters in sexual situations in manga, anime and other media. This exception came about after vocal protests from manga publishers, creators, fans and free speech rights activists. The story was widely reported in non-Japanese media. However, most of these reports focused on handwringing about Japan's “failure” to clamp down on sexually explicit manga. Most shared was a CNN article filled with outrage about how the new law supposedly permits Japanese bookstores to fill their shelves with shocking cartoon porn about children.

  • OTW Fannews: Personal journeys

    Tags: Fanart, Fanfiction, Fannish Histories, Sports, Television, News of Note

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    At The Mary Sue, Elisabeth Flaum discussed her return to fandom. "In the beginning, I was not a fan. I liked stuff – Firefly, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings – but the tween who freaked over Bon Jovi and baseball grew up and moved out...Then I met the Doctor. Suddenly, in my late thirties, I was binge-watching a television show. I was pining over fictional characters – and I was writing my own stories for them when the official versions ran out. I was making costumes and going to conventions. I was lit up, inspired, excited as I hadn’t been by anything since childhood."

  • June 2014 Newsletter, Volume 81

    Tags: Newsletter, OTW Sections

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    I. FANLORE PASSES 30,000 ARTICLES

    On June 8, Fanlore reached the 30,000 article milestone with a post by Sparcicle on Nox et Lumos! The Wiki committee last celebrated a milestone in February when it reached the 500,000th edit on the site. Many thanks to all the gardeners and editors who have made this kind of progress possible!

  • OTW Fannews: When fandoms hit the big time

    Tags: Books, Fanfiction, Fanfilms, Fannish Communities, Music, Sports, News of Note

    As the World Cup kicked off, an American fan talked about the changes he's seen in his fandom. "Now, I will be able to stream the games on my phone at work. I can choose from multiple public parties showing the games I want to see. I can bring up the US team in casual conversation without worrying that people will think I'm weird." Back in 2002 "I watched alone in my house, careful not to wake up anyone else and sporadically running upstairs to post on a message board."

  • OTW Fannews: To fan or not to fan

    Tags: Books, Fan Conventions, Fannish Practices, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, Sports, Television, News of Note

    • An L.A. Weekly article on why musician John Roderick couldn't be a fan brought about a number of responses. "[T]here was a turning point somewhere at the end of grade school where kids started lining up behind brands. I mean, I read Mad magazine, but I wouldn't have called myself a fan; the whole point of Mad was that they were ripping you off and laughing at you. The British invasion bands kinda smirked at their fans, too. My fandom pretty much stopped at the door. I owned the records, what else was I supposed to do?...Maybe that's what I dislike about fandom: commitment. I never wanted to be so tied to a band that I couldn't pull back."

    • OTW Fannews: Shining a Light

      Tags: Activism, Commercial Works Authors, Fan Videos, Fanfiction, Fannish Histories, Gender and Sexuality, Movies, OTW Sightings, Technology, Television, News of Note

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      OTW Fan Video & Multimedia Committee Chair Tisha Turk gave an interview on "the past, present and potential future of vidding and remix culture, and the murky status of fair use – at least when it comes to monetized remixes on YouTube" as well as her own start as a vidder. Discussing copyright claims on fanwork, she said "One possible analogy would be, if I were making a quilt out of various bolts of fabric I purchased, and I cut these pieces, and I piece them together, and add the backing, and I make this lovely quilt, and the people who made the fabrics show up and say: 'I want a cut.' Or: 'You can’t have the profit, I made the fabric, so hand it over.’"

    • Events Calendar for July 2014

      Tags: Academia, Anime and Manga, Call for Papers, Fan Conventions, Fandoms, Fanfiction, Studies, Television, Event

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      Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of July! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Events, Fan Gatherings, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

    • Volunteer Recruiting: Wiki Committee Staff, Tag Wrangling Volunteer

      Tags: Tag Wrangling Committee, Volunteers & Recruiting, Wiki Committee, Volunteering

      Banner by Erin of a close-up of Rosie the Riveter's arm with an OTW logo on it and the words 'OTW Recruitment'

      We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Translation Staff and Communications Chair Track Staff. Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

      • Wiki Committee Staff - Closing 30 June 2014 UTC
      • Tag Wrangling Volunteer - Closing 30 June 2014 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.

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