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FANDOM SPOTLIGHT: SPN Anti-Bullying

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Welcome to our first Fandom Spotlight article! This series is part of our IndieGoGo campaign to bring you better coverage at San Diego Comic-Con. The first person to claim a Fandom Spotlight did so anonymously, and asked that we put the Spotlight on the SPN Anti-Bullying project. As we’re huge supporters of the account and frequently give them a Follow Friday on Twitter, we were very happy to do so!

We reached out to SPN Anti-Bullying and chatted with them about how they started, what their goals are, and how you can help with their mission. Geekiary contributor Emily Rose is the founder and a moderator of SPN Anti-Bullying, and was surprised and honored that an anonymous contributor chose to bring attention to the campaign.

Read the interview

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#ProfoundLove Valentine’s Rewatch


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What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by suffering (and emphasis on suffering) along with two idjits too stubborn to admit they’re in love? We’re going to be having a Valentine’s Day party in the Destiel fandom, and want to watch a few episodes with each other to celebrate!

We had a poll on Twitter to select people’s top episodes for the rewatch, and came up with these five episodes. From the sparks flying with Castiel entering Dean’s life, through to a jilted lover, from “It’s been a long time since I’ve laughed that hard” to “We’re family. We need you. I need you,” we’d love for you all to join us as we celebrate Tumblr’s top OTP on Valentine’s Day.

Saturday, February 14th starting at 12PM US Central Time (convert to your timezone here)

  •  12PM  4×01 – “Lazarus Rising”
  •  1PM    5×03 – “Free To Be You and Me”
  •  2PM    5×14 – “My Bloody Valentine”
  •  3PM    8×17 – “Goodbye Stranger”
  •  4PM    9×06 – “Heaven Can’t Wait”

Each episode lasts approximately 42 minutes, giving you 18 minutes at the end of every episode to take a small break!

Join us in live tweeting the event with the hashtag #ProfoundLove to meet other Destiel shippers and share in this story we love! Can’t watch? Hop in anyway! Valentine’s is all about the love, so post your favorite fics, fanart, metas, tropes, and caps.

The Chewbacca Defense, Argumentum Ad Nauseam, and other manifestations of our Broken Base

brokenbaseSo, that last blog post was interesting. Not just because of the article itself, either, though I think my point was made and well received overall by its intended audience, but because of the reaction to it.

The first comments were general support, enthusiasm, and an outpouring of why people are interested in the Destiel pairing. The straw man argument to move Castiel to the spin-off because of his popularity was dismantled, and I pretty much stepped back and let people talk. And then I made a tactical error, as far as preservation of smooth sailing is concerned. I called a hater a hater and asked them to stop, and painted a target on myself. It was fascinating how things changed after that.

WordPress isn’t Tumblr or Twitter. WordPress has a vast array of tracking tools, visitor logging, pingbacks and the like built into the back end of the site; it’s why so many popular blog sites and news sources and such use WordPress, so they can get information about their readers and know where they’re coming from and what they’re interested in.

I’ve never really cared about it before. I mean, the traffic to my blog hasn’t exactly been staggering because I rarely ever posted on it anyway. It was a holding place for links to other things I’ve done and for a couple of personal remarks. So, where did they come from?

The Destiew tag on Tumblr. SPN Anon Haven. A few individual J2/Wincest blogs and Twitters, where they were cross-posted with the intent of drumming up opposition. It’s interesting to note that even after that endeavor to send contrary opinions my direction, the majority came from one individual.

One IP address, using 17 different names, posted 26 times in the comments of my blog attempting to create the appearance of a majority. Even going so far as to sometimes post “I agree!” in another name on their own comments.

Julia, Elizabeth, Kelias, WinchesterSandra, Jjjjjj, Divinity, Alexandra, Serena, J2Bells, Fangirl09, Samantha, Kelios, Karola1001, Elaiyana, Viktoria, Sherley, Emily, IronMan.  These are all the same responder. Same IP address. Same email address. Same source reference link.

Please reconsider your behaviors. You’re unhelpfully making your segment of fandom look unreasonable and ridiculous and you’re attempting to force dichotomy where there is none.

See, while my post was empowering to the Destiel fandom, it was not me encouraging the dismissing of the opposing viewpoint. Why, then, was it treated as something that needed to be trolled in an attempt to force me to give up my opinion? When that tactic went sour, I was labeled a  “Crazy Pseudo-Intellectual Bitch.”

The sort of Proof by Assertion method that was illustrated in my blog comments is pretty much constant within the fandom itself. The attempts to belittle an opinion just by saying it’s a minority opinion or inflating apparent opposition are what prompted my commentary to begin with.

Supernatural is a Broken Base fandom. It’s been that way for a very long time, and every single episode, every convention, every interview tends to fracture the fanbase even further. We’re getting worse, and it’s pretty damn scary to begin with. Half the time if you look through responses to an episode from opposing viewpoints, you wouldn’t even be able to tell they were watching the same show.

It’s a problem.

I can’t heal a fanbase with a Kumbaya and a cup of cocoa, but I can point a spotlight at the tactics being used to force and further a “True Fans” mentality.