Jul. 18th, 2014

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msmeiriona:

HEY FOLLOWERS:

HAVE YOU EATEN RECENTLY?

ARE YOU HYDRATED?

IS THERE MEDICATION YOU NEED TO TAKE?

HAVE YOU LAUGHED TODAY?

FRIENDLY REMINDER BECAUSE I KNOW I NEED THEM EVERY SO OFTEN.

ALSO HERE HAVE A KITTEN:

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“I don’t mind them writing about the characters, but when they write about us, doing things, with each other… It’s, it’s just, it’s uncomfortable. It’s way too far. ‘Cause it’s like, I mean like, they’re co-workers, they’re like siblings, y’know, you don’t want to read things about you… doing stuff. It’s, oh, god, it’s just, no, terrifying.”
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Chris Colfer on fanfiction (x)

Are people actually surprised about this quotation?  I know I’m not.  Of course he is uncomfortable about it (and I’m pretty sure he’s more repulsed and disturbed than just uncomfortable).

RPF is a part of the fantasy life of a lot of fandoms. Lord of the Rings had a particularly active RPF sub-fandom that almost seemed to dwarf (pun intended) the textual movie fandom, but pretty much every fandom from Supernatural to Smallville to Angel has had its own RPF going on.  It’s a fantasy based on the public personae of the actors, another kind of transformative work, and of course it’s a little iffy.  You’re putting words and actions onto a real person.  But when written and shared properly, it’s no more iffy than a mystery novel about Napoleon or Lady Jane Grey.  Everybody agrees that it’s not actually really what happened, even when you get a lot of the situational facts correct.

The problem that every fandom in the social media age and particularly the Glee fandom gets into is that the rules of RPF for so many years have been to draw a very firm line between the fandom and the subjects of their RPFing.  The first rule of Fight Club and all that.  Fans who have mentioned RPF to actors at cons have been hissed and booed at by the people in the room.  It’s for us, not for them.  Of course it’s going to make them uncomfortable.  If people were writing fic about you having sex with your co-worker or friend and sharing it everywhere, you’d be uncomfortable, too.  Napoleon probably wouldn’t like being characterized as a bumbling sleuth, either.  We shouldn’t talk about it with them.  It’s not about them; it’s about our perception of who they are in public.

But where Glee fandom fails and fails spectacularly is that not only does some subset of Glee fans seem to believe their own RPF fantasies are real (although it’s the scope in our fandom that is new, not that behavior) but that they also batter the subjects of these fantasies - Chris in particular - with them online and in person.  They aren’t just asking a single inappropriate question at a con; they’re sending tweets and IG messages, they’re sending hate to real people, and even when they’re sending supportive messages within that fantasy construct they’re breaking that wall and sending them at all.

Look, I’ve been in fandom a long time.  I’m about to hit eleven years here, shockingly enough, and I’ve been part of a nice double-handful of fantastic fandoms.  I’ve read quite a bit of RPF, once I got over my initial discomfort with it, and when I started reading Glee fic I read RPF, too.  Some of it is amazing and really pulls out some interesting issues around celebrity and personality.  They’re transformative works.

I’ve backed way, way, way off from reading it, though, to the point that I pretty much only read one author’s (very clearly not meant to be real) works, because of how our fandom blurs the lines between fantasy and reality to their faces and because of how utterly disrespectful I find that kind of behavior.

I’m sure people are going to unfollow me for writing this post, but honestly if you can’t look in the face how rude it is to tell people that you spend a lot of time thinking about them fucking their friends or even their RL significant others I don’t know how to have a conversation with you, anyway.  We all have our fantasies.  We all have things we like to think and read about.  We can’t police that, even if we don’t all share the same fantasies.  Believe and enjoy what you want.

Just don’t talk about it to the actors.  And don’t expect them to like it.

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themindislimitless:

scoutfinches:

"average convention scams attendees out of $100 a year” factoid actualy just statistical error. average convention scams attendees out of $0 per year. Dashcon Georg, who lives in ballpit & scams attendees out of $17,000 each year, is an outlier adn should not have been counted

if tumblr is so accepting why is it that i, dashcon,

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into-the-weeds:

Lifehack: experience more “good days” by strategically redefining your criteria for what makes a good day!

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butmadnnw:

spadessnowbar:

veganbutt:

darkwater-smidge:

So I learned from my friend that coconut water can be used as an emergency blood transfusion, and of course my first thought was “So, can a vampire drink coconut water?”

and of course we had this idea of these tropical vampires being horrified when these old world vampires come and are still drinking blood like some sort of monster.

guys oh my god
VEGAN VAMPIRES

but consider this: vampires who turn into fruit bats

FRUIT BATS

*loses it*

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sheriff-kyle:

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The best way to spot manipulative tactics is to know how they work. If you know how they work, you can also use them. They’re pretty good at writing things which frame matters in a way that seems supportive of their cause and encourages you to gloss over things.

And yes, the implication that I am also pretty good at it is a pretty valid one. I try to be careful about it most of the time, but I would absolutely not suggest that you should trust my evaluations unquestioningly either. Part of the problem is that if you’re pretty good at it, you can do it by accident without thinking about it, especially when you feel strongly about the issue. This is one of the reasons I am very hesitant to accuse them of malice even when the net effect of one of their posts seems to me to be very misleading.

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I have asked this myself in the past and never gotten an answer.

Maybe today will be the day we are both finally enlightened.

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revhez:

I have chlamydia.

Because this scene makes me laugh out loud still.

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okay am taking the plunge and actually buying the archival upgrade for pinboard.

too late to save a copy of the particular fic I just discovered has been taken down forever, but at least I am learning from my mistakes at last?

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update: washer guy came and looked at washer. washer is now mysteriously working. however, it is also rinsing out suds despite having had no soap put in to it during the test run.

washer guy: …this is a high efficiency washer

me: as far as I know, yes

washer guy: and this is high efficiency detergent

me: does seem to be, yeah

washer guy: …how much soap are you all using?

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dennys:

nonstaff:

What’s up with the denny’s tumblr? Does a national restaurant chain really need to post such stupid stuff?

I came out to have a good time and I’m honestly feeling so attacked right now

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