Vote for our panel! And a few others, too!
Every year, South BY Southwest (SXSW) brings tech companies, content providers, nonprofits and thousands of others to Austin, TX to talk about tech, content, privacy, interaction and so much more.
This year, FYC’s heidi8, along with flourish and wordplaying, have submitted a panel proposal on How Not to Irk Your Fandom. If it’s selected, they’ll be talking about interactions between fandoms and The Powers That Be - or Those Who Want To Control Fandom - where things have gone terribly wrong and where things have been reasonably right. They’ll also share some Best Practices for how to keep glitches to a minimum and develop positive fan/creator interactions. As a sociologist, a transmedia producer and an attorney, they bring three diverse perspectives to the discussion.
You can also vote for flourish - along with Henry Jenkins and theorlandojones - who have a film panel proposal at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/42402 - you do have to register to vote, but it’s easy and they don’t spam.
(And if you can reblog/share the link, we would really appreciate it!)
Other friends that have panels up for consideration:
Do a search on just the word “fan” to know why the panels on fan/producer relations are so, so important. Every other panel is on how to monetize fandom, seriously.
She’s not joking. As I said on Monday, if you search for the actual word “fandom” SXSW returns only 13 results, among which are some of the panels on this list. But if you look at the “fan engagement" tag, you get nine hundred results about how to tap into fandom culture in order to get a) money or b) free content from fans.
It’s a HEAVILY exploitative environment peopled mostly by the very social media and marketing people who will take away the wrong lessons about what fandom has to offer them unless they’re presented with fans representing themselves, and this is why it’s really important to stop and take a moment to vote for the people on this list.
Our panel is called “The No-Bullshit Guide to Interacting With Fandom,” and it’s very, very similar to Heidi and Flourish’s, in that it also addresses the pitfalls of marketing to and interacting with fandom, and yes, best practices for how not to make an ass of yourself. Our panel features an Emmy winning Jane Austen fan, a brilliant social media marketer, and the person who made all of Tumblr want to go to Dennys.
Please vote for all of us!