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jdickins's Workshop

37 Texts, 23 Links, 19 Annotated Items, 11 Playlists Total

  • Blame it on the Fandom

    08/22/2013 added by jdickins


    A mashup of 21 TV shows and movies set to a mashup of 27 pop songs from 2009: http://djearworm.com/united-state-of-pop-2009-blame-it-on-the-pop.htm (less)

  • Superfamily

    08/05/2013 added by jdickins


    This image is of "superfamily". There is a popular communally-created Alternative Universe in the Avengers fandom in which the orphaned child Peter Parker (who would become Spiderman) is raised by Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Steve Rogers (Captain America), who are married to each other. This jointly-held vision is usually termed “superfamily” and the marriage of Steve and Tony “superhusbands.” It is also an example of a cross-over, though one which exists within the same narrative universe. The Marvelverse (the fictional world in which the X-Men, Captain America, Iron Man, Spiderman, Thor, and all of the Avengers exist) is one world but in the case of superfamily many authors are pulling the current Marvel vision of Spiderman from the comics (that he is a child) into the movie Marvelverse of the Avengers where Captain America is played by Chris Evans and Iron Man by Robert Downey Jr. Cross-overs are an example of the ways in which fans remix source texts. (less)

  • President Obama's "Hope" Poster Problem

    07/14/2013 added by jdickins


    Some of you might recall the controversy involving Shepard Fairey’s use of an AP photograph (taken by Mannie Garcia, an AP photographer) as the basis for the famous “Hope” poster used by then-candidate Obama during the last Presidential election: The Garcia/AP original is on the left, the Fairey poster on the right. Fairey admits that he used the photograph as the basis for the poster. Question: Does the AP have a claim for copyright infringement against Fairey? And how would Fairey argue that his use of the photograph (which he admits) is a “fair use”? [And just if you’re interested, here are some links to stories about the controversy ... ] http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/arts/design/10fair.html?em http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20090205_A_flap_over_Obama_poster_a nd_AP_image.html http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/02/05/ap-charges-copyright-infringement-on- famous-obama-image/ http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2009_02_08-2009_02_14.shtml#1234399793 http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hcqhpLfgHpcIipb1rVGvAoa5Bu sAD96560SG0 http://uchicagolaw.typepad.com/faculty/2009/02/fairey-v-associated-press-yes-he- can.htm http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/218732/february-12- 2009/obama-poster-debate---david-ross-and-ed-colbert (less)

  • Marion Zimmer Bradley Fanfiction Controversy

    07/14/2013 added by jdickins


    First paragraph: "Beyond her well-known writing career, Marion Zimmer Bradley (often called MZB) is famous in fandom as the central figure in a controversy over fanfiction which supposedly made it impossible for her to publish one of her own novels. The story is told often and in widely varying forms throughout fandom and among professional authors. It's frequently cited by authors who object to fanfiction to one degree or another, or as evidence that professional authors should avoid reading fanfic based on their published works, to a degree that approaches 'urban legend' status. The details in popular accounts vary widely, involving alleged threats of lawsuits on both sides and estimates of the amount of material lost ranging from incomplete notes to 'four years of work'." (less)

  • The Contraband Incident: The strange case of Marion Zimmer Bradley

    07/14/2013 added by jdickins


    First paragraph: "When fans create a new work from the preexisting material of their fandom, they are doing so for their own, sometimes disparate purposes. And while most authors at best enjoy their admirers' activities, and at worst actively try to force them to end it, very few are interested in engaging with it meaningfully. Most restrict themselves to short statements in interviews or on their official Web sites. The late Marion Zimmer Bradley, however, was quite different. She said of her own most famous fictional world, 'I didn't invent Darkover, I discovered it.'" (less)