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Month: July 2008 (Page 1 of 2)

Link roundup for July 26, 2008

Many inside jokes.
(tags: oii summer)

links for 2008-07-25

Link roundup for July 24, 2008

Nice article about how FB is retooling to aim to “serious” users rather than those who like decorating their profile and playing Scrabulous.

links for 2008-07-23

Link roundup for July 22, 2008

Interesting story about how the LiLo SamRon relationship has been covered in the tabs, and what it means for other gay couples, outing, etc.

links for 2008-07-18

I Want to Believe

There’s a new X-Files movie coming out on July 25. I was an enormous X-Files fan in college, and I’m very excited about it. I’ve been watching old episodes in preparation, and they really hold up. This week the NYT ran a nice article about the film that included this quote from Gillian Anderson, who played Scully:

Ms. Anderson used to find the whole idea [of Mulder & Scully pursuing a romantic relationship] ridiculous. “There was always part of me that thought, ‘What’s so special about these two, and will everybody not shut up about it?’ ” she said. “And then, while we were doing this movie, somebody sent me a link to a YouTube montage that a fan had put together of Mulder and Scully. Clips of our growing intimacy through the series. One, it was really moving, and two, I couldn’t believe how many times we held hands and actually kissed. And I was left with my very first understanding of what the fans were on about. I finally kind of got it.

I think it is extremely cool that a fanvid by an X-Phile helped Gillian Anderson reformulate her opinion of the relationships of a character that she played! This is a great example of the influence of fandom on canon texts, and it’s also a nice counterpoint to many of the popular conceptions of romantic/shipper fanvids, that they’re something that silly teenage girls do.

I first learned about fanvids from seeing a really great presentation by Francesca Coppa at Media in Transition 5 at MIT. She pointed out that this is a historically female form of fandom that pre-dates machinima and video mash-ups, but gets almost no attention in comparison. (She also showed how incredibly time-consuming and complex creating fanvids was during the heyday of the VCR.) Here’s a great two-part interview with Francesca on Henry Jenkins’ blog: part one and part two.

Link roundup for July 17, 2008

Fantastic critical article by my girl Samhita about the blog Stuff White People Like.
(tags: culture race blog)

Link roundup for July 16, 2008

Lengthy list of kids virtual worlds: Club Penguin, Webkinz, Dizzyworld etc.

links for 2008-07-15

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