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What I Learned in My First Poll - Mo's Journal
January 23rd, 2007
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What I Learned in My First Poll

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From:talktooloose
Date:January 23rd, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
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1. I don't discount fanfic as hobby writing or in anyway as something less than other literature. I love that the digital world is allowing the production of art to become more egalitarian. We are singing our songs around the digital campfire again instead of waiting to see what big daddy delivers down his money pipeline. Another way of saying this is that I neither discount fanfic nor over-prize the commercial. This is also intimately related to the point that fanfic in general subverts ideas about how we interact with media. ginalin is another mother who slashes (a "motherficcer" is the term I once coined, much to minisinoo's discomfort, I believe). Watching TV with her 11 year old daughter, the daughter commented on a scene: "This is where the guys would kiss if you were writing the story." Slash has rewritten the media for her.

2. You can add to your CV that your fic has—at least in one memorable case I can think of—contributed positively to the sex life of a gay man.

Thanks for all the interesting discussion. You having a slow day at work, too?
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From:mofic
Date:January 24th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
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1. Yes, you're right. There's no reason to either discount fanfic or idolize published fic. A related concept is how writing fanfic changes how I read fiction, wherever I find it. It's not because of it being fanfic, but because of it being fiction. I never wrote fiction before, and I find I relate to fiction differently now that I am both a producer and a consumer.

2. I am happy to influence you - or some unmentioned gay man - positively in any aspect of life.

I was actually very productive at work today! I am the Queen of Multitasking. Worship Me!
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From:talktooloose
Date:January 24th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
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Mixed metaphor! I worship the goddess of multi-tasking and bow</b> to the queen of same.

You, I worship and bow to.
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