I could discuss computer games day in and day out, yet this isn’t a blog about computer games. It’s a blog about fans.
Furthermore, last week, there was a … disaster … in Illinois, which was likewise about fans. So especially with the goal, I realized I needed to compose something about it the moment the underlying reports began coming in.
I might want to discuss the issue I had with DashCon 2014.
Those of you acquainted with what happened are presently going, “Which one?” Yes indeed, exceptionally interesting. I’ll get to that. A clarification for individuals who, first of all, don’t stick around in that frame of mind of the web.
The show known as “DashCon,” which happened July 11-13 in Schaumberg, Illinois, was made by clients of the person to person communication site Tumblr. Their hopeful yet absurd thought was to begin a yearly show that was by Tumblr clients, for Tumblr clients. The con was a year really taking shape, raising finances through publicly supporting and grassroots missions and developing the promotion by promising a wide range of significant visitors, from renowned makers and entertainers to an assortment of Tumblr “VIPs”.
So what was the deal? Indeed, the con was not embraced or partnered with Tumblr in any capacity at all, a large portion of the staff comprised of unpracticed youngsters put in far over their heads, and by far most of the con-participants were teens who had never been to a show. It was, true to form, a total and unadulterated debacle, one which the web was very much glad to investigate. Once more. Also, once more. Also, once more.
Find out about the entire disaster and giggle. Or on the other hand cry. Likely both simultaneously.
It’s as of now been seven days, yet the commotion presently can’t seem to completely subside. Participants actually have not been discounted the cash they gave that Friday night. Visitors keep on sitting tight for repayment for lodging and talking expenses. The “ball pit” and “17,000 bucks” images are as yet continuing forward. Bits of gossip about tricks and cheating and minors being allowed into grown-up just boards keep on flowing. Furthermore, the Dashcon staff? Why, they’re now advancing following year’s show, obviously. After such a fantastic achievement, how should they not?
Apologies, that was an excess of mockery. So presently, we should get into my greatest issue with Dashcon (er, that doesn’t include confounded youthful youngsters potentially being defrauded out of thousands of dollars): the possibility that Tumblr — not a being a fan, but rather a person to person communication site — required a show in any case.
As I would see it, the occasion was ill-fated the second it was considered. How would you make a show about Tumblr? You should have a Facebook show, a Twitter show, or (god disallow) a Reddit show. Since a lot of individuals utilize a similar site doesn’t mean they’re of a like brain.
At the end of the day, I might have let you know what might have occurred. While I have no involvement with running shows, I truly do have a considerable amount in being a fan. Furthermore, that is the thing this was, truly: being a fan show, only for the fandoms that Tumblr believes are famous.
The catchphrase here is “thinks.”The top class of content on Tumblr, as per pioneer David Karp? Style. How many style related occasions and boards at Dashcon? Two. However, hello, many individuals are vocal about preferring these British TV shows, so we should put that our main concern! Here is the SCHEDULE.
One previous staff part, Tumblr client augustinesycamore, made a long and uncovering post enumerating the overall inadequacy and complication of DashCon’s booking. She expresses, “DashCon is one of the most amateurishly run occasions [I]’ve EVER seen. [R]ight from its origin it was a train wreck.”
Taking a gander at the proof, I can trust her. The predisposition toward specific fandoms was clear; the remainder had to take care of themselves with next to zero help from the show heads. A portion of these “being a fan board of trustees” individuals were secondary school understudies or considerably more youthful, with only terrific thoughts and visually impaired idealism impelling them forward.
This isn’t the means by which a show ought to work. This isn’t the means by which being a fan ought to work. Tumblr is where individuals share fan culture, indeed, and a few fandoms are greater than others, yet you can’t simply single out. Furthermore, far be it from me to deter youngsters from enormous and persuasive ventures, yet they need solid help and a decent weighty portion of reality to get something like a show moving.
Fans: go to Comic-Con (this end of the week in San Diego). Go to Otakon — it’s here in Baltimore City! In any case, don’t go to a Tumblr show. Let’s just get real for a moment, I would prefer not to be essential for Tumblr “culture,” but you characterize it.