Jan. 12th, 2014

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Day 12

In your own space, talk about what you think the future holds for fandom. What are your hopes and dreams for fandom? Do you have any predictions about what the next five years holds for fandom?

Long-form text communication seems to be going the way of the dinosaur, dunnit? Right now my ideal would be a resurgence in namespace journal-based fandom, that is where I'm most comfortable.

Five years go it was January 2009 - Star Trek hadn't come out yet, Kink Memes were just getting started, tumblr was a thing nobody could figure out how to use ... Dreamwidth wasn't a thing and SUP was That Thing That Kept Fucking Up On LJ. I was a perennial junior, living in Virginia, revisiting Tamora Pierce's Tortall with fic and conversation on the then-bright-shiny-new Fief Goldenlake.

Now: LJ is quiet and DW is nearly as much; I'm on tumblr as often as I'm here, and people are back to posting fanfiction on archives again. People on my flist are making zines, yuletide is still going strong, and a lot of us seem to have lost the energy we used to spend wanking - pardon - engaging people we disagree with in futile discussions that end only in hurt feelings backward progress.

I don't know what the future holds, or what fandom will look like in five years' time. Five years from now I may not even be here: five years from now I kinda hope to have acquired a house, a spouse, and a kid or two, although seeing how many of my friends have handled fandom presence with parenthood gives me hope.

One thing's for sure: fandom isn't going anywhere, and it'll probably look (not entirely but still discernably, largely) different from how it looks today.


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