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20 February 2003 @ 11:53 am
I am in fact alive.  
Just a placeholder, more or less.

zortified talks about barriers to slashing Spike and Xander on sxandviolence. estepheia discusses her feelings about Repossession. destina starts a meme asking, "If you were an Evil Overlord for your fandom for a day..." what would you ban? See, now I wouldn't just ask about banning, but also what rules would you decree. ("You must all write me an S/X story--now, goddamnit, now!")

Also, you should all go read about nerds because it's, you know, relevant to our fannish lives. It's long, and also a bit long in places, and at times it gets a bit long, but if you keep going, you'll get to a bit that talks about how popularity contests are a template for other venues than high school, and that of course makes me think of LiveJournal Land.

Edited to add: How could I forget to mention this meme?
harmonyfbharmonyfb on February 20th, 2003 12:30 pm (UTC)
talks about how popularity contests are a template for other venues than high school, and that of course makes me think of LiveJournal Land.

Ok, don't think I'm thick or anything, but why? I'm not sure I take your meaning, here.
Anna S.eliade on February 20th, 2003 12:33 pm (UTC)
Have you read the article yet? (Warning: it's *long*. snerk.) I'm thinking of quotes like:

Popularity is only partially about individual attractiveness. It's much more about alliances. To become more popular, you need to be constantly doing things that bring you close to other popular people, and nothing brings people closer than a common enemy.


In almost any group of people you'll find hierarchy.


We have a phrase to describe what happens when rankings have to be created without any meaningful criteria. We say that the situation degenerates into a popularity contest. .... Instead of depending on some real test, one's rank ends up depending mostly on one's ability to increase one's rank.

for you I'd bleed myself dryboniblithe on February 20th, 2003 12:38 pm (UTC)
The meme has spread. The original idea came from The Sugar Quill (an HP archive) except their rule was to explain to the characters in their fanfics why canon of later books made their stories obsolete. aveda_sarcastic fixed the seriousness of that problem :) I pirated it for SV.

Not seeing a Buffy one from you, missy? Eh? *taps foot*

"Dear Spike, not sorry about how good you look in invading-demon-army officer dress uniform. Not sorry AT ALL."
Anna S.eliade on February 20th, 2003 12:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, see, that's the thing--I immediately thought of BtVS, but I'm not all that sorry about anything *I've* done to the characters (heh), and when it comes to stuff that *other* people have done, I do not have the memory it takes to rattle off amusing stuff like you. {g} But maybe if I cast my net a bit wider, back to my XF and Sentinel and SG stuff...oh yeah, I can feel the mea culpas forming on my tongue already.
herself_nyc on February 20th, 2003 01:36 pm (UTC)
"Never apologize, never explain."