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July 25th, 2008
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Some Thoughts on Fandom, Privacy, Money, and Other Stuff

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Date:July 25th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
>>- My guess is a lot of people were already angry at Laura, and this gave them a venue to express that anger.

I'll back this up too - I don't think Laura's evil, but I do think she's toxic. She's better than anyone else I've ever encountered in fandom at poisoning the well-- She's pretty much single-handedly prevented me (and other people I know of) from being able to indulge *our* love of fannish history, because I know that anything I do publically, I'll have to go through Laura Hale first. Either by acknowledging that she's the authority and she's in charge, or by having to put up with her showing up in *everything* posted publically on the topic talking about how she's the authority and anybody who does anything non-approved by her is bad and wrong.

That's not even speaking as one of the people she specifically targetted - I disengaged with her *fast* as soon as it came clear we were unable to communicate - just as one of the people who effectively gave up on that part of fandom because it's not worth the emotional energy of having to fight past Laura every time.

So no, with this particular post she hasn't done anything more vile than what a lot of fans have done or than other things she's done repeatedly in the past. But I'm willing to jump on board now because I'm hoping that it's got enough momentum to make her toothless at last, and to let the rest of us detoxify enough to have fun again.

I bear her no ill will, though, and if she can figure out how to coexist in fandom without automatically descending to scorched-earth tactics, good on her.
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