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The Conversation featured a discussion of Leonard Nimoy's impact on fandom. "[I]t’s no surprise that for many fans, the loss of Leonard Nimoy felt like the loss of a family member. Nimoy was happy to be known as the 'geek grandpa,' and embraced his key role in history and development of fandom. Those early fans – who, so many years ago, fell in love with Kirk and Spock – proved that their passion could make a difference, that fan communities could be a force for good. They took a page out of Star Trek and refused to apologize for being different. Just like Mr. Spock."

Many centerpieces of fandom are going but will not be forgotten, by either fans or our cultures.
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Apparently the Cosmo girl is now a fanfic writer. For those yet unpublished fanfiction writers, Cosmopolitan pointed the way to success in fanfiction writing. Included in their 8 steps were "Don't spend too much time coming up with Most Original Story Ever. Just start writing" and "Prove you're a true fan by incorporating Easter eggs."

How has your Minecraft fanfic been doing? Do you see your culture or gossip in fanworks?
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Is copyright jumping the shark? When is a fan film not fairuse, and will booksellers start stocking fanfic on their shelves? http://bit.ly/1I5V6Gt
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AO3 & Fanlore will be down for scheduled maintenance Friday 20th March from 17:30 to approximately 20:45 UTC. http://bit.ly/1MKsOUJ
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TWC's issue 18 is out & has articles on tattoos, cosplay, Doctor Who, conventions, LARP, Babylon 5 & more!
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OTW needs Strategic Planning, Translation & Communications volunteers. Click for more or help by passing this on: http://bit.ly/1O05P9E

We really need volunteers who speak Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, European Portuguese, Finnish, Hebrew, Korean, Swedish and Turkish—but help with other languages would be much appreciated. (Please note that our German team is not accepting new members at this time.)
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Ten Eighty looked at the line between hearing your audience and turning their interests or identities into an ongoing joke. “There is a possibility of a Queer kid seeing that thumbnail, clicking on it with the hope of their favourite YouTuber coming out as part of their Queer/LGBTQ+ community,” says Jazza. “For the YouTuber to use that click-bait and to then shoot down the possibility of them being Queer as being weird and gross, that’s what made me angry.”

Have fanworks given you good/bad/valuable life experiences? Not everyone's on the same page about them.
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Instead of 'weird', 'gross' seems to be apropos for describing commercial exploitation of young fans.
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At The Conversation, Hannah McCann discussed studying fans of popular culture. "Researchers in the field of romance studies have argued that criticism of the genre often involves patronising female readers. Similar levels of critical concern are rarely turned on texts marketed to male audiences, or those seen as part of high culture. Studying romance fans themselves has been a way to recover the agency of female readers, in part by seeing female fans as active meaning-makers."

Academics discuss studying fans & fans argue for why their fandoms are important in society
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AO3 had many announcements in Feb and you seem happy about them, plus Legal’s got great comments supporting fans.