Fan Conventions, Fannish Practices, Studies, News of Note
In The Washington Post Alyssa Rosenberg claimed that political discourse was taking over cultural conversations. "We treat people whose interpretations differ from our own as if they are acting in bad faith...we demand that significant figures in cultural commentary have something to say about every big event so we can check their reactions against our sense of what they ought to feel to remain in good standing. It is impossible to measure membership in fan communities the same way we measure party registration or church membership and attendance. As social media has made conversations that once took place in fanzines and on message boards more visible, it has become quite common for users to include the teams they root for, the shows they watch religiously and the movie and book franchises they love in their online biographies, along with information about their work and family lives."
OTW Board, Announcement
The 2014 OTW Board Retreat will be held from October 3 - 5, 2014, in Silver Spring, MD. It will be a meeting of the Board of Directors and the Strategic Planning Committee, with members from the Legal Committee and the Volunteers & Recruiting Committee in attendance as well. Board has also asked a communications facilitator to attend.
The goals of the retreat are for us to come up with a basic strategic plan for the organization, as well as work with the communications facilitator so everyone in attendance will come away with improved communication and mediation skills. We also plan to produce a high level overview document with recommendations regarding the OTW's structure, including multiple options for personnel to consider and on which input will be invited and incorporated.
Anime and Manga, Books, Call for Papers, Fan Conventions, Gender and Sexuality, Studies, Television, Event
Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of August! 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.
DMCA, Fan Videos, Intellectual Property, Legal Advocacy, Legal Committee, Takedowns, Announcement
Together with a number of allies, OTW's Legal Committee filed an amicus brief Wednesday in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Capitol Records v. Vimeo. The case began when the record labels sued Vimeo, alleging that a number of fanworks hosted on Vimeo's site infringed the record companies' copyrights.
Activism, Commercialization of Fans, Fan Videos, Fanfiction, Intellectual Property, Studies, News of Note
When Amazon launched Kindle Worlds, OTW Legal offered advice to fans about its terms. Now, the OTW's ally organization, New Media Rights, has also examined the pros and cons of its publishing agreement with the post "Fine print to plain english: things to look out for as a Kindle World author."
Gender and Sexuality, Intellectual Property, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, Sports, Television, News of Note
- The story of female volleyball fans in Iran was covered by many sites, including France24. "[T]hese sporting events are only for male eyes, since the 'morality police' — a special police force that seeks to fight 'moral corruption' and to combat those who violate Islamic law — have been systematically preventing women from attending volleyball tournaments since 2005. However, this prohibition does not apply to foreign women." While some women were able to get into games with the aid of foreign fans and by wearing the other team's jerseys, 50 women were arrested for attempting entry. As one woman said, "I don’t want to have to resort to ruses in order to support my team. I want to be able to walk into a sports stadium proud of my identity as an Iranian woman and a fan of my national team."
Systems Committee, Event
On SysAdmin Day, the OTW wants to salute the work of systems administrators everywhere for the hard (and sometimes thankless) work that they do. Celebrated for the first time in 2000, SysAdmin Day takes place on the last Friday in July.
Fanfiction, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, Sports, Studies, News of Note
- Blogger Christopher Olah took a look at some Fanfiction.net statistics. "In the following post, we will visualize the Harry Potter, Naruto and Twilight fandoms on fanfiction.net. We will also use Google’s PageRank algorithm to rank stories, and perform collaborative filtering to make story recommendations to top fanfiction.net users." The post includes a look at languages, ships, slash and more.
Books, Commercialization of Fans, Fanfilms, Fannish Communities, Movies, Television, News of Note
- Chart Attack featured the feminist comedy These Aren’t the Droids. "This little comic gem is a rebel song in the plainest sense: the future was designed by teenage guys, it looks like a permanent comic-con, and that's not a future that Neko Case or Kelly Hogan (or I for that matter) really want to live in. Instead, they proffer a more humane, more feminist version of tomorrow: guns that shoot feelings! A fundamental appreciation of literacy (but fewer shades of grey)! Everbody'd have more hair!"
Anime and Manga, Books, Business Models, Comics, Commercialization of Fans, Gaming, Gender and Sexuality, Sports, Theater, News of Note
- Attack of the Fanboy put a spotlight on gender segregation in gaming tournaments. "Keeping a few tournaments specifically aimed at females is not an ideal situation, but it does allow a woefully underrepresented part of the population a chance to compete on a professional level. To use the IeSF’s own justification for the initial segregation, many major sports use this method as well. Technically women are allowed in the NBA, but due to various reasons none have been placed on a team. That is why the WNBA exists, to allow a group who would be left out, a chance to compete professionally."