Here’s the uncut audio of my interview with Cecil Baldwin of Welcome to Night Vale. He is a sweetheart. We talked at LA Podfest about what Cecil looks like, the queer representation in Night Vale, and whether Carlos will ever come back on the radio.
Edit: Oops, it cuts off at the end, but basically he says Carlos will be back on the radio soon. There’s plans for it. :)
Just days after Tumblr enraged its userbase with new NSFW content restrictions, CEO David Karp has apologized, issued a partial retraction, and told us just what the hell they were thinking.
Was that so hard?
The restrictions, which led to an estimated 12 million blogs vanishing from public tag searches, were intended to make the site more family-friendly—a puzzling decision, since Tumblr is 10 percent porn and contains unknown numbers of other adult-rated blogs. Needless to say, Tumblr users were not pleased. In fact, many of them began to jump ship as soon as they heard about the new content rules. A LiveJournal-style mass exodus seemed likely.
Thankfully, Tumblr proved tonight that it was still listening to its users. Rather than being the Yahoo corporate stooge many young Tumblrites feared he’d become, Karp emerged this evening—something he rarely does—to announce yet another update to the content restrictions. Here’s how it works (for now)… [READ MORE]
i don’t think i’ve ever been made prouder in my life than i have been this weekend by gav and fern and my entire news organization, and myself!!!, and the way we owned this story. when karp made his staff post tonight, it felt like he had listened to all of us—you guys and the three of us who were pounding this story into the ground all weekend—while two of us were at our annual company retreat, no less. i love my job and i love being able to really have a voice in moments like these, and i love this amazing feeling that maybe the three of us, in being able to accurately report on the way tumblr users have been feeling about the changes, actually made a difference in some small way.
Face paint? Check. Faygo? Check. One reporter’s stories from the front lines of an Insane Clown Posse show in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
'And when the horrorcore rappers from Detroit had dispensed with more than 200 bottles of cheap soda, ICP rushed off the stage and disappeared into the night aboard a Chrysler minivan.”
Ahahaha this is great. Fern goes to an ICP concert and lives to .gif the tale.
So LiveJournal is cleaning out their junk drawer. Totally acceptable.
But at the same time, the tone of their email brought back that same panicky freaky-out feeling from when I was a kid, like when my mother threw out a shirt I always hated from like seven years ago but it was mine and mom why were you in my room, omigod!?
And then I got over it.
I don’t want a LiveJournal. I never did.
Does anyone, now, really?"
As always, this makes me half-defensive on behalf of LJ, half-torn with sadness. LJ is still a huge and important piece of fandom culture for so many of us. But it’s not the same and it never will be again. Heart breaking.
It’s impossible to overstate what an important year 2012 has been to fandom. We’ve seen the previously unheard-of phenomenon of published fanfics climbing up the bestseller lists. We’ve cheered on Community spinoff Inspector Spacetime as it became a real, fan-generated project. And we retracted everything we thought we knew about the fourth wall as Sony commissioned One Direction fanfiction on Wattpad and MTV deliberately catered to slash fans in its marketing for Teen Wolf.
From Fifty Shades of Grey to bronies to Homestuck to One Direction, fandom has been a major revelation to both the mainstream media and the entertainment and publishing industries throughout the year. The fandom blog as_others_see_us, which has been quietly compiling a weekly list of mentions of fanfiction in the mainstream media since 2009, saw those lists explode in 2012; several times it had to leave out listings because each new week brought so many.
The Daily Dot has compiled a series of top 10 fandom-related lists, because just one couldn’t possibly encompass all the milestones fandom experienced over the last 12 months. We hope the series will provide a small glimpse into why this was a watershed year for fandoms off- and online.
To kick things off, we counted down the top 10 people who changed fandom irrevocably in 2012—for better and for worse.
Uh… I am on a list with Larry Stylinson, y’all.
I’m just now seeing this and I just died endlessly. Ladies and gentlemen, the author of Captain Marvel. *_*
To enter to win, just comment and (optional) take our fun 5-question quiz on how well you know the Streamys! (Which includes a blatant wink-nod to Idol fandom, lol.)
Hey Vhelton darlings! It’s been a bit since I’ve laid siege to this tag, so heres some sexied-up Daily Dot as apologies :D She has a shirt, but I may have given a little bit much towards boob definition. Is it just me, or does she has this hot-librarian thing going on? >.>
I’ll be doing a bit of VH1 and AE in a little while (so if you aren’t tracking the vhelton tag, you better stinking start to!) :D
He’s a Q for you, what should the name of their high school be? Or even, the name of their town?
omg Dot looks so sassy i looooove it *___*
Firefly: How much is the Geisha in the Window? by lierdumoa.
In the decade since its cancellation, Firefly has gained a massive cult following and become a staple of sci-fi conventions everywhere. It’s universally beloved by its fans. However, some viewers such as Racebending’s Mike Le have pointed out that for a show that supposedly embraces Chinese culture and features white characters speaking Mandarin on a regular basis, there is a mysterious lack of Asian characters on screen.
“How much is the Geisha in the Window?” takes this idea and runs with it, highlighting the way Firefly exoticises Chinese culture while simultaneously omitting Asian people. Providing an emotionally charged music video style summary of the issue in question, the vid explains the racist undertones of Firefly more succinctly than most writers could. By 2009, “How much is the Geisha…” was iconic enough that it was cited by Georgetown professor Rebecca Tushnet during the US Copyright Office’s DMCA hearings.
Star Trek: … on the dancefloor by sloanesomething.
Arguably the most famous fandom in the world, Star Trek is now the subject of countless academic theses as well as a groundswell of fan commentary. The original 1960s television series was unusually forward thinking for its time, but J.J. Abrams faced some problems when it came to the 2009 reboot movie, Star Trek XI. How to update such a dated concept for modern audiences? As it turned out, Star Trek XI was a huge excess for old and new fans alike, but one can’t help that notice that the original series crew looks considerably less progressive in the 21st century than it did in 1966… [READ MORE]
Also featuring a couple of super-awesome Sherlock and Avengers vids. Guys, I rec these vids so hard!!! I must have watched “…on the dancefloor” at least a billion times before writing this, and it still never gets old. WHO CAN SAY NO TO A FANVID THAT CRITICISES THE SEXISM OF STAR TREK WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY HIGH-FIVING THE ENTIRE CAST TO A SOUNDTRACK OF “TOO MANY DICKS/EASY TO FIX”???
i want to be bitter and point out that when i do what i do, people revile it, and when gav does what i do, people love it, but i mostly just really love this article, and that it exists, and that we’re able to bring it to you, because i think it’s all awesome.