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Thank you Mary McNamara for writing this article 
29th-May-2007 05:25 am

continued from my post

I had a feeling the FanLib debacle was going to make the news after the Mary Jane Statue made Inside Edition.

Mary McNamara is my hero. What an enlightened and well-informed post. She must have done her homework *cough* unlike FanLib *cough*. She'd been to cons, read fan fiction, navigated LJ, used and credited icons correctly all while writing a news story. I'll be surprised if she isn't still involved in fandom somehow. Either way this is one of best researched articles on an internet trend I've seen yet. I frequently read tech news and blogs that don't do half the research Ms. McNamara did.

And she posted my icons! I'm honored.

"They’ve trademarked the word “fanisode.” They use the words “patent” and “proprietary” and “democratically” in the same sentence."

*headsdesk* I didn't know that already, but... wow. That's unbelievable BS. It must be from their marketing PDF which I read over yesterday. Yup, I'm going to have to make icons of that thing. I love how the idea of a "fanisode" is something you could patent. I love how everyone thinks user-generated content is something that popped up on 'the internets' yesterday. I remember Forever Knight did the same sort of thing years ago allowing a fan fiction writer to write tie-in novels to the show. (I still own those.)

"Mark Stroman was hired to help Singer and Williams persuade Madison Avenue that fanfic could be used to attract the coveted and elusive young male demo - even though, after 40 years, fanfic remains almost exclusively written by women, and untouched by men in spite of the obvious opportunity and an abundance of techy Internet tools."

They're going after the male demographic!?! That's fine and all. But seriously FanLib, did you do any research at all? Did you read stories on FF.net? Did you view at least one or two websites? Did you look at a few LJ communities at the very least? I'm not sure you even did that. 

"Fanfic has always been about boldly going where no studio or network was willing to go. Fanfic writers explored gay and lesbian relationships decades before Dawson’s Creek got around to the big kiss."

Mary McNamara, you're my hero. I know it takes a lot for the media industry to understand the nature of what fanfic writers do. And you actually get it, bless your heart.

"And they are deeply networked. They’re smart – really smart - and tech savvy, building livejournals chock full of icons and other nifty tidbits."

I bet she has a livejournal.

"And when they're ticked off - and, boy, are they ticked off! – they put their tools to use. Go here to the new Life without FanLib community to track the latest and view the icons multiplying faster than tribbles."

The article speaks for itself. I'm so proud my icons were used on an article like that. It was funny, informative, well-written, researched, cited, and had quotes and song lyrics. She must be involved in fandom. She's too cool not to be.

Thoughts & Comments 
29th-May-2007 09:43 am (UTC)
29th-May-2007 09:49 am (UTC)
She's too cool not to be involved in fandom somehow.

And this article feels like vindication to the LJ fan community. Finally, we're taken seriosuly over this.
29th-May-2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
Very well said! I'm glad your icons made it in the article too!
29th-May-2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
I must simply say that I love her. <3 <3 <3 Long live Mary McNamara! You go, girl!
1st-Jul-2007 06:11 am (UTC)
Hey, thanks for posting this. I hadn't even heard of FanLib, but now that I've read McNamara's article I feel much better informed (as well as amused and rather proud to be a fan artist :D).
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