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"I, seriously, was like the Lindsay Lohan of scrapbooking" [Jan. 15th, 2008|03:43 pm]
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Scrapbooking wank in the LA Times.

I actually came across the Kristina Contes saga last month, when I got interested in scrapbooking and spent several hours reading up on it online over the course of a few days and trying to get a handle on the culture and aesthetics. This was around the time that Scalzi & L** G****** posted on OTW, which helped me realize how a lot of my initially negative reactions to scrapbooking (the obsessiveness, amounts of time & money spent, sentimentality & banality, emphasis on flourishes & embellishment, etc.) paralleled a lot of the less informed & heavily gendered critiques of fanfiction. Which in turn gave me a point of entry into some of the really fascinating dimensions of scrapbooking, which I came to see as a kind of mixed-media, semi-commercialized autobiographical RPF.

The Wikipedia entry links to some interesting news stories from the past several years; see also these 'gleanings' from constellations (Scrapbooks were a 'coping' strategy for old media at a time when distribution via railroads and cheap printing processes led to an overwhelming surplus of popular magazines and newspapers. [Ellen Gruber] Garvey describes them as "a new subcategory of media - the cheap, the disposable, and yet somehow tantalizingly valuable, if only their value could be seperated from their ephemerality".) Related: Jean Burgess on 'Defining' Vernacular Creativity.
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[User Picture]From: cryptoxin
2008-01-15 09:59 pm (UTC)
I ended up finding a lot of really cool and creative stuff out there, once I remembered to apply Sturgeon's Law and keep poking around -- and I have to say, I found that the aesthetic and subculture that Kristina Contes is part of was most appealing to me personally.
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[User Picture]From: cofax7
2008-01-15 09:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is prime wank. But there wasn't even any plagiarism! But where's the death-threats? And the IP address tracking? Where's Mina de Malfois?

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[User Picture]From: cryptoxin
2008-01-15 10:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and it definitely needs more sockpuppets and at least one pseuicide -- it's your basic BNF schadenfreude wank, with fewer iPods and no Charlotte Lennox.

I bet the article itself resurrected the wank, since the journalist's sympathies were pretty obviously with Contes.
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[User Picture]From: cofax7
2008-01-15 10:56 pm (UTC)
omg yes. I can see it now: "This journalist just doesn't get it, they're so stupid they don't do the research, don't they realize she cheated! And then when she was caught, she didn't return her prizes, she just laughed it off! She's a bad role-model! She doesn't comply with our unstated and constantly-shifting community standards!"

Which, frankly, is about the same as the response I had to the Slate.com article about the HP Lexicon lawsuit. Those outside reporters, they don't understand the subtleties of our subculture!

Heh.
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From: xanphibian
2008-01-16 02:28 am (UTC)
mixed-media, semi-commercialized autobiographical RPF

I like your brain. :)
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[User Picture]From: cryptoxin
2008-01-16 04:59 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks!

(I may have read Cobra Starship fic last night)
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From: xanphibian
2008-01-16 04:59 pm (UTC)
:D

Which one?
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[User Picture]From: cryptoxin
2008-01-16 05:13 pm (UTC)
Toxic Fingers and Drugged Breaths by trashcancore -- just randomly from the latest dotcoms_refresh newsletter, but I liked it.

(I started reading the newsletter after coming across all these interesting discussions recently about TomRad reading that fic, Brendon, scene queens & feminism)
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From: xanphibian
2008-01-16 05:15 pm (UTC)
I am so very, very amused by this, I can't even tell you. ♥
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[User Picture]From: cryptoxin
2008-01-16 05:51 pm (UTC)
I briefly considered titling my LJ "Here via metafandom" (He came for the meta, and stayed for the fic!). Now that I've been watching SG1, I'm leaning towards "Unauthorized offworld activation" as my LJ's name.

Plus I kept wanting to rec Pamela Des Barres' awesome memoir, I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie to everybody who was dissing the scene queens. But since I don't actually know who any of the scene queens are, I figured I'd keep my mouth shut & lurk listen.
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From: xanphibian
2008-01-16 06:02 pm (UTC)
The only thing I know about scene queens are pictures and a couple of blog entries, plus whatever I glean from meta posts. Oh, and posts on wikihow and stuff like 'how to be scene' or whatever. Those are hilarious.
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[User Picture]From: cryptoxin
2008-01-16 06:12 pm (UTC)
Bandom seems exhausting -- having to keep up with everybody's MySpace and blogs, and then all of the TAI TV and Buzznet stuff, plus hunting down obscure interviews and the clips people make at concerts with their cell-phones!

*wanders over to wikihow; wonders if anyone's posted 'how to be Green' yet*
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From: xanphibian
2008-01-16 06:16 pm (UTC)
I helps to have scarily obsessed friends, plus comms that post everything you need to know. Have you friended theydresstight yet?
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[User Picture]From: cryptoxin
2008-01-16 06:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, great comm, thanks!

*looks back nostalgically to when I used to dress tight in my younger, skinnier days -- seriously, I used to wear my skintight, laces-on-the-side black jeans to work all the time*
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From: xanphibian
2008-01-16 06:27 pm (UTC)
I don't know whether I should giggle or make hearteyes at you. :P
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[User Picture]From: cryptoxin
2008-01-16 06:32 pm (UTC)
Perhaps there was a brief experiment with glompy nail polish from Urban Decay. But no guyliner, alas!
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From: xanphibian
2008-01-16 06:33 pm (UTC)
Okay, that does it.

♥_♥
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[User Picture]From: cryptoxin
2008-01-16 06:34 pm (UTC)
Right back at you!
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From: egretplume
2008-01-16 06:28 am (UTC)
This is an awesome post. Thank you for this! I've been reading the links for an hour!
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[User Picture]From: cryptoxin
2008-01-16 05:09 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it! I got completely absorbed myself last month -- there's just so much going on here and it's a fascinating mirror for fic-centric fan cultures.
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