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Fandom today

Fandom is so exciting this morning! There's the Octocon PR fiasco, on one hand, and, on the other, I finally followed through links to find out what the new Last Drink Bird Head awards are - and they're wonderful!

How lovely and apt to give awards for the following categories:
Gentle Advocacy
In recognition of individuals willing to enter into blunt discourse about controversial issues...

Tireless Energy
In recognition of individuals who selflessly give of themselves for worthy organizations or causes...

Promotion of Reading
In recognition of individuals whose efforts contribute to the promotion of reading or an increase in reading proficiency...

Expanding Our Vocabulary
In recognition of writers whose fiction or nonfiction exposes readers to new words and, often, new ideas...

International Activism
In recognition of those who work to bring writers from other literary traditions and countries to the attention of readers in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia...

It's a whimsical, intelligent, and useful set of awards. I hope they continue for years to come!

It's also refreshing after the conversation I had with someone the other week who'd never heard of "fandom", let alone any particular one.

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a_d_medievalist
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
I think the latter is certainly far more appealing than the former!
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