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Academics, Ethics, and Private Fan Activities in Public Spaces

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Kristina Busse

on 30 April 2013

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Transcript of Academics, Ethics, and Private Fan Activities in Public Spaces

TWC prefers that the direct URL to a page not be provided. Instead, submissions should use the following format: blog source (LiveJournal, Dreamwidth), user or community name, and date of post. This provides correct sourcing information while permitting fans a modicum of privacy.
(TWC Editor) (1) Never deceive subjects;
(2) Never knowingly put subjects at risk;
(3) Maximize public and private good
while minimizing harm.
(Jim Thomas 1996) Golden Rule [An] unforgiveable [fannish] act usually involves one of three things: (1) Privacy; (2) Credit; or (3) Profit. If a fan violates another fan's privacy, steals another's credit, or tries to profit directly off fan activity—these are the things that violate the terms of the fannish social contract. We give credit; we work for free; we respect pseudonymity.
(Cofax7, LiveJournal.com, July 23, 2008) Fannish tendency for pseudonyms.
Strong internal ethos of protecting fannish spaces.
Ethos that assumes shared online spaces as partially protected (layered public).
Conflicted allegiance of acafans. Specific ethical concerns for fan scholarship 1. Fan work that explores dangers of exposing fans.
2. Representation or People.
3. Layered publics and expectations of privacy.
4. Fans First: Credit and Respect! [B]loggers aren't naive - they know they're talking in public and they view the benefits of being public as more important than the risks.
(Danah Boyd, Blogging out Loud 2005) Representations or people?
Literary textual analysis
or Ethnographic research?
Citable artist or Human subject? Layered publics and expectations of privacy.

(M. Goldhaber, The attention economy and the Net 1997) Small readership.
Expected semi-private space. Attention Economy Inverse Attention Economy Fans first: Credit and Respect! FANS FIRST! Attracting eyeballs and gaining attention.
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