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Anon culture in fandom [Jul. 18th, 2010|04:13 pm]

So I'm working on my next post for the Symposium blog and I'd like to write about anonymity in fandom. But I need your help!

I've been following the latest anon meme that sprung out of the ViVidCon debates (is there some kind of Fight Club thing where you're not supposed to link to it? or actually name it? I'm going to err on the side of caution here, but let me know if there are standard anon meme rules or norms I should be observing), and it's been pretty fascinating to see the different dynamics of how discussions play out there vs. on LJ/DW. I've checked out a few other anon memes in the past, but this is the longest I've ever followed one. Yet I haven't left any comments on the meme, so I can't claim to be a participant-observer -- there's something about posting anon that just weirds me out (personally, not when other people do it). I'm not sure what it is, but I definitely got weirded out the couple of times in the past that I posted on anon love memes where you tell people on the flist how awesome they are. Which, hey, people on my flist are awesome, and deserve to hear that! So I don't know what my mental block here is.

So I'd love to hear from any of you about the pleasures (and perils!) of posting anon, or participating in anon memes. I'm also thinking of saying something about kink memes, which are the other major place that I'm aware of that carve out a pro-anon space in fandom, and seem to be on the rise over the last couple of years. But I know even less about kink meme culture than anon memes! So any observations, insights, experiences you'd like to share about kink memes & anonymity would be welcome.

And I think I need a third thing, right? I figured I'd at least reference the WoW/Blizzard Real ID controversy, but it would be nice to have a third instance of anon culture in LJ/DW-based media fandom, if anyone has suggestions.

Anon posting for comments is on, naturally (ETA: and IP logging is off). Thanks in advance!

ETA 2: I've fallen way behind on responding to comments, but I'm reading them all & appreciate all the perspectives & experiences & context that everyone's offering.

ETA 3: The first part of my Symposium blog post on anon memes is now up.

This entry is cross-posted to http://crypto.dreamwidth.org/102999.html (comment count unavailable comments there)

[User Picture]From: katie_m
2010-07-18 09:23 pm (UTC)
I do kind of get the impression that they've changed somewhat over the years; my first experience with them was really specifically hate memes, or possibly if I remember correctly unpopular opinion memes (which generally turned into "so and so sucks!") and after a couple of iterations I stopped looking because they tended to upset me.
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[User Picture]From: katie_m
2010-07-18 09:27 pm (UTC)
...which I mention because I can't remember if you've been around long enough to have been in this part of fandom for that. If you have, ignore me!
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[User Picture]From: cryptoxin
2010-07-18 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You're right, I wasn't around for the first wave of hate memes on LJ, so I only know them by reputation. I have the impression that most of them were TOSsed by LJ? But I think that's partly why a lot of people who have been around in LJ fandom for a long time have a negative gut reaction to anon memes, even if they've evolved significantly beyond their hate meme origins.
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