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Discworld fans, eh? What are they like?

Postby Pat » Tue Oct 24, 2017 04:16 pm

Does anyone here remember a speaker who gave a talk on the characteristics of different sorts of fandom at the 2006 or possibly 2008 DW Convention? I can't remember if she was a sociologist or a psychologist but she had interviewed fans of various things and decided DW fans were weird - but nice weird.

Does that ring any bells with anyone? I'd like to refer to her work at my talk in Salisbury.
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Postby phazedout » Tue Oct 24, 2017 09:05 pm

Have you contacted Jacob? he did an entire phd on discworld fandom....
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Postby chrisboote » Tue Oct 24, 2017 09:19 pm

Surely you keep all your old DWCon programmes?

If you can wait until the weekend, I can check in mine, otherwise Colin keeps them all
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Re: Discworld fans, eh? What are they like?

Postby Nonny Mouse » Wed Oct 25, 2017 04:09 am

WEIRD!!!

BUT NICE WEIRD!!!

Works for me. :D

Seriously, you lot are the BEST.

Yes I've had a brandy, but that just restores me to my natural disposition, rather than the grumpy one who had a severely hectic day. Now I'm relaxed and appreciative of all the good things in life, including you.
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Re: Discworld fans, eh? What are they like?

Postby Molokov » Wed Oct 25, 2017 04:20 am

Hi Pat,

Toni Eager did a survey at the very first Nullus Anxietas in 2007 (as well as hosting a debate of Discworld vs Harry Potter, which Terry came and sat in on, scaring the life out of her). She later presented her research results at NA3 (2011) based on the data collected at that first convention. It was a comparison of pop-culture fans (using Discworld readers as one group) vs Sports fans (Aussie Rules Football, I think). I remember the lecture being fairly fascinating.

You might be able to find her paper (or request it) here: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/eagar-tm
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Re: Discworld fans, eh? What are they like?

Postby Pat » Wed Oct 25, 2017 08:59 am

Molokov wrote:Toni Eager did a survey at the very first Nullus Anxietas in 2007 (as well as hosting a debate of Discworld vs Harry Potter, which Terry came and sat in on, scaring the life out of her). She later presented her research results at NA3 (2011) based on the data collected at that first convention.

That may well be the presentation I'm remembering. I've emailed her. Many thanks!

The message I took away was "Discworld fans are weird. But it's a nice weird."
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Postby chrisboote » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:10 am

After the most recent Irish convention, I've kept in touch with a couple of complete convention newbies

Their biggest shock was our complete and unqualified acceptance of anyone

We don't care if they are male, female, both, neither, trans, anything. Or if they are black, white, brown, yellow - one said "even if someone turned up with six legs, green skin and three different gender partners, you lot would be more interested in what they wanted to drink and which TP book they'd read most recently"
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Postby Grace Speaker » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:30 am

chrisboote wrote:After the most recent Irish convention, I've kept in touch with a couple of complete convention newbies

Their biggest shock was our complete and unqualified acceptance of anyone

We don't care if they are male, female, both, neither, trans, anything. Or if they are black, white, brown, yellow - one said "even if someone turned up with six legs, green skin and three different gender partners, you lot would be more interested in what they wanted to drink and which TP book they'd read most recently"
:thumbl: and if they're any good at quizzes . . . :wink:
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Re: Discworld fans, eh? What are they like?

Postby Pat » Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:06 pm

OK next challenge: What do you think were the best fan tributes to Terry after he died? I've thought of the Brick Lane mural, X-Clacks-Overhead, Pratchett's Disc in Elite and the Octarine Core in Dota-2. Have I overlooked any good ones?
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Postby SANEAlex » Wed Oct 25, 2017 06:38 pm

Pat wrote:OK next challenge: What do you think were the best fan tributes to Terry after he died? I've thought of the Brick Lane mural, X-Clacks-Overhead, Pratchett's Disc in Elite and the Octarine Core in Dota-2. Have I overlooked any good
ones?


One i was involved in but only succeeded was because it seems a lot of The Register readers and staff are also Discworld fans was the naming of a High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) mission test.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/2 ... st_flight/

Also there was the attempt to get element 117 named 'Octarine' ultimately unsuccessfully but IIRC it did get a lot people signing the petition.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/1 ... ett_lemmy/

Personally i am rather fond of the X-Clacks-Overhead tribute and its nice to see that the register site amongst others has kept it up though strangely even though the emporiums top level https://www.discworldemporium.com/ returns "+GNU Terry Pratchett" the forum subdomain says "nothing in the overheard"
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Re: Discworld fans, eh? What are they like?

Postby Nonny Mouse » Thu Oct 26, 2017 03:06 am

Us staying together.

I was a little afraid that after he passed, we'd lose people, we'd drift apart, but if anything we've pulled together more tightly. The enthusiasm has only gotten louder. We want to not only hang on to what he meant to us, what he gave us, we want to spread it. I have recently given two more people DW books I thought they would like. I am a pusher, and I'll push at anyone who gives the slightest inclination of wanting something good to read. I always wanted to before, but now I'm reckless about it.

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Postby chrisboote » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:03 pm

Nonny Mouse wrote:Us staying together.

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Re: Discworld fans, eh? What are they like?

Postby Molokov » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:01 pm

... and if anything, the conventions (and fan scene) seem to be getting *bigger*. It's like Terry's passing brought people out of the woodwork who'd read a few Discworld books years ago, and they came back, read some of the ones they'd missed, and decided to see what the fan scene was like, found out there were specific Discworld conventions and bam: 40% of attendees are newbies!
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Postby Nonny Mouse » Sat Oct 28, 2017 01:58 am

I think the evidence of Sir Terry's impact on the world is best seen in the people he touched, and I think that would matter to him way more than any item we could produce. I'm just presuming, of course, I didn't know him as well as some of you, but I really think so.
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