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Sun Jul 29, 2018, 02:10 PM

An Outsiders Point of View: Why Did WorldCon 76 Implode?

Interesting developments at WorldCon. The usual suspects are trying to blame Sad Puppies, who haven't been a factor at WorldCon for several years.

"In following the Superversive SF blog, today, I came across two related articles: Declan Finn’s WorldCon Melts Down and Richard Paolinelli’s My Thoughts on WorldCon 76…. Paolinelli’s wasn’t particularly illuminating, but he promised a more detailed account later today. Finn described a situation where the Con violated its own rules by “misgendering” one of the guests causing some sort of meltdown.

Pending Richard’s subsequent blog post, I decided to look for more information. Interestingly enough, the only article I found was at The Daily Dot, which I can’t say is a completely neutral publication. The missive in question is Worldcon faces backlash for sidelining marginalized authors (updated), originally published yesterday (July 23rd) and updated today.

WorldCon is one of the oldest, if not the oldest science fiction convention in the world, and apparently, that’s the problem. Traditionally, according to the article, it’s been dominated by white, conservative people, it’s fan base, and has struggled to accept more marginalized and #OwnVoice participants in recent years. I get the feeling the Con wants to be more progressive, but, at least from The Daily Dot’s perspective, its own history and biases have gotten in the way.

Worldcon also skews older than most fan conventions. There’s a core audience of predominantly white baby-boomers who have shaped the convention for decades, some of whom are not clued into contemporary social justice politics. This overlaps with a small but vocal reactionary movement. Known as the Sad Puppies (yes, seriously), they think science fiction and fantasy publishing have become too progressive, and they object to the number of women, people of color, and LGBTQ people earning recognition in the community."

Balance of article at the link. If I wanted to destroy the Hugo as an award of consequence in SciFi; I couldn't have done a better job than the current SJW clique.

https://poweredbyrobots.com/2018/07/24/an-outsiders-point-of-view-why-did-worldcon-76-implode/

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Muddling Through Jul 2018 OP
Gamle-ged Jul 2018 #1
rahtruelies Jul 2018 #2
Muddling Through Jul 2018 #3
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Response to Muddling Through (Original post)

Sun Jul 29, 2018, 02:29 PM

1. "...misgendering one of the guests causing some sort of meltdown." And that guest: ...

Oh, again I have to say, be careful what you tweet. Bogi Takács is asking twitter followers to report trolls mentioning…personal pronouns on Takács’s twitter account are “E/em/eir/emself or they,” and I have no idea which to use (believe it or not, as confusing as it gets and regardless of my personal opinions, I still want to call people what they want to be called). Anyway, anyone tweeting pejoratively regarding this author will be considered a troll, reported, and blocked.

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Response to Muddling Through (Original post)

Sun Jul 29, 2018, 05:09 PM

2. prog scifi? vomit

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Response to rahtruelies (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 29, 2018, 05:14 PM

3. Well, it's not what I would pay for.

But, I'd let the market decide, rather than corrupting the Hugo in order to promote books no one wants to buy.

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Response to Muddling Through (Original post)

Sun Jul 29, 2018, 08:16 PM

4. Simple concept.

Write stories the people want to read.

All else is pandering and stupid.

To cross genres and platforms, Crying Game was a compelling and interesting story, as was Dog Day Afternoon, that is how you do it, create a great story, tell it well, and the rest will follow.

This is just another tacit admission that the whiners are just untalented and need a leg up to succeed.

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Response to _eek (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 30, 2018, 07:40 PM

5. Yup.

I find it interesting that WorldCon was more than happy to use the SJW howler-monkeys to shut down Correia and the Sad Puppies and that they had no foresight that once unleashed they would consume all in their path, including their one-time host.

Schadenfreude.

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