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Barring anything odd happening, it looks very likely that The Written Word will end up getting funded.

On the one hand, as I'm about to launch my own Kickstarter project (to raise the money to build a neon shop in my studio) I'm always happy to see another group use Kickstarter successfully.

On the other hand, my deep misgivings about the project were never solved and one suspects it is a gap that won't or can't be bridged. They left the conversation still feeling their product was revolutionary, and more power to them for believing in their work.
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Last night, Ide @ WORA discovered this Kickstarter project, 'The Written Word' which "[...]is a multiplayer storytelling game which lives on the internet."

Your first thought may be mine: those already exist, and have for thirty years. We call them MUSHes.

The project proposal goes on: "Well, Massively Multiplayer Write ‘em up is a pretty new genre, But it also picks up on a bunch of stuff you probably understand already.

You might have heard of text adventures - they call them Interactive Fiction now. Even if you’re not as geeky as us don’t worry - basically you’re going to be taking it in turns to tell a story."


So naturally, I was kind of pissed. We've seen this kind of co-opted male-washing of female fandom activities before, where a primarily male-led team charges in to find a business model making money by ripping off the work of female-led fandom. I kicked it to my Facebook and Twitter accounts, where I know lots of female fen outside of MU*ing circles and those who are current/former players. Most seemed to agree with my sentiment and picked up on other disturbing signs.

Here, then, is a complete copy of the private discussion I've been having with Simon of 'The Written Word'.

Complete message thread under this cut )

He's not an unreasonable spokesperson for his project. My concerns remain that he and his group are deliberately writing their Kickstarter goal without addressing the fact that his project firmly exists within a continuity of activities that stretch back to the earliest days of the Internet while presenting itself as something revolutionary. I find it troubling (but not surprising) to learn that he is aware of MU*ing but chose not to mention it even in passing in the project proposal, and I think there's an unpleasant whiff of Internet gender bias in that presentation. I still believe that Simon believes his project is somehow fundamentally different from what it appears to be for me - a new flavor of MU* server.

While I don't object to people turning their hobbies into paying gigs, and support Kickstarter as a great way to finally harness the power of the Internet to do that, I feel like 18,000 dollars is awfully steep.

Simon's promised to check in on this post and address concerns you want to raise. I promise to be a dutiful minder of the discussion and step in if things seem to turn south.

Your turn, ladies! (And gents!)

EDIT: To fix the initial reporter on WORA, and to remove my real name.

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May. 24th, 2011 06:42 pm
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Reviewing media things is the only thing I'm doing with this journal lately. Still. Let's go.

1. Pirates Four )

2. Doctor Who was good this week, but you should never review them until the second part. Sure, it's mostly a hash of a bunch of different science fiction stories, but if you must rip, rip shamelessly and from the best. There's some subtle character choices and at least one really nice scare. Looking forward to the next part. Gulp. Almost at that season divide already?

3. This week's Game of Thrones was the best one yet! Script by Jane Esperson. Of course. Golden Crown )

4. A little fandom wank: Joshua Malina, of Sports Night and Will Bailey fame, apparently made a fake Bradley Whitford twitter account tonight and has spent the day trolling gullible fans. Which is a terrible thing to do, no less to spoof a divorced father of three by following NAMBLA and joking about his ex-wife. Yo dude, there's a line, and it was WAY THE FUCK BACK THERE. Also, dude, you're not a good enough actor for me to find that funny and if I were involved in hiring you, you wouldn't be.

5. Speaking of, Bradley Whitford has some serious alimony issues or something because he's been on three guest spots in less than a week. I always look forward to seeing him on TV and the first two roles were awesome, but he could do a lot better than Slimy Defense Lawyer of the Week on a Law and Order Spinoff.
skywaterblue: (neil gaiman would unhappen so much)
Hollywood Reporter says that the inevitable Sandman TV show is going to be written by Eric Kripke of Supernatural.

I swear to God, I read this on Twitter in class and I actually did vomit in my mouth a little. Iced mocha latte, not so good on the second time, but not as vile as some other things it could have been.

I am this close to starting a protest website. I don't live in a universe where Death and Delirium of the Endless get written by this guy. I don't want to share a fandom with Supernatural. In fact, my life exists avoiding Supernatural. Ugh ugh ugh.

I don't think I've been so upset about a fandom thing since the 'Golden Compass' movie.
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SCI FI cancels Stargate Atlantis.

Now, I'm no huge fan of the Stargate franchise or anything, but raise your hands if you're kind of baffled as to what the fuck SCI FI is going to be airing after January 2009? There are ten more episodes of Battlestar Galactica (not counting some assorted movies and the Caprica backdoor pilot) and Doctor Who is off air except for specials until 2010.

Anyway, brace for incoming wankstorm in 5...4...3...

Also, Congresswoman Tubbs Jones died today.

Sigh. All the good ones die young. We pour a little in the ground tonight for you, Congresswoman.

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