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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Star Trek: A Case Study In How to Dismantle a Fandom - Fort Collins Comic Con

Star Trek: A Case Study In How to Dismantle a Fandom - Fort Collins Comic Con

This article on the new Star Trek fanfilm guidelines caught my
attention.  Very well written. I've been somewhat aghast over the "fan
wars" over Axanar, but this response...

The fans saved the original series after it was cancelled, kept the
franchise alive by virtually inventing the modern fan fiction and
cosplay cultures and pioneering a show being popular via syndication
during the decade hiatus between TOS and the first movie, and kept it
alive again between the end of Enterprise and the current JJverse
movies.

That fervor enabled Paramount to tap into an
existing fan base rather than having to build one from scratch to both
launch the first show to play first run as a syndicated series and to
use Voyager to anchor the Paramount TV network.


The fans have been the strength of this franchise. To slap the most fervent fans in the face like this...
I don't have the words.

This is what it sounds like, when The Great Bird of the Galaxy cries...

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