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A fascinating article on Fandom Community, Fandom in/as Contact Zone, that I'm a little unsure what to do with. It's a great discussion about fandom community and I think the set-up is LJ vs Tumblr. Granted, by the time Tumblr really became a thing, I had disengaged from fandom due to time restraints. I visit LJ inconsistently these days and I see the activity is largely gone, transferred to some degree over to Tumblr. My challenge with Tumblr is the format. It's difficult to manage and follow conversation, so I use and visit Tumblr mostly for the purpose of perusing the pretty. Or I did, until suddenly, there's all of this fannish activity happening and I am unsure about how to engage because the format for meaningful engagement, for me, is intrinsically unfriendly. The format itself is difficult.

When I think of community and fandom, I think of the narrowness of a particular kind of contact. On LJ, people go in search of what they are looking for, but Tumblr leaves the barn doors open for people to wander in and out. Again, I'm challenged by the format so that my idea of what a fan community is struggles with the broader context that Tumblr invites for engagement and participation.

I don't know.

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