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Moments of minor cultural significance

June 4th, 2009 (10:48 am)

This morning on Radio 4, I heard the nineteenth-century followers of Jane Austen referred to as a "fandom" in Book of the Week: Jane's Fame. That the reader was Star Trek: First Contact's Borg Queen, Alice Krige, added a little to the effect. It's probably been some time since 'fandom' left the SF ghetto, but I first encountered it in a list of SF fan jargon and it still surprises me to hear it outside that context.

Meanwhile, The Sun has tagged Gordon Brown's enemies, co-ordinating their activities through an anonymous Hotmail account, as cybermen, though the use of 'delete' suggests that they are of Cybus vintage rather than the 'silver giants' of yore.


Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: June 4th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)

I've never liked the word 'fandom'.

Also, I didn't like "delete" for Cybermen. There's no substitute for David Banks's classic "Destroy them!". ("Kill them!" from Armstrong & Miller is close, but has no connection with Cybermen.)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 4th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)

'Fandom' is a coinage I'm more relaxed about than some, though I'm uncomfortable about some uses of it.

I don't like 'delete' either; though I'm not a great fan of the 80s Cybermen.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: June 4th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)

I like that use of "fandom".
It was a similar phenomenon, so why not.

After all, words don't normally stay where they first appear. It would be boring if they did (and I'd be out of a job!) :-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 4th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)

I'm happy with the use of fandom in this context too.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: June 4th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)

I also like the Alice Krige connection - language development in progress!

Posted by: Kargicq (kargicq)
Posted at: June 4th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)

I was mildly surprised, when invigilating a Film Studies exam last season (AS level? I don't think we offer A2), to see the question "How has the Internet affected fandom?" But I suppose I shouldn't have been!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 4th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)

The world has changed very quickly in the last two decades...