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  1. Clever Animation Lampoons Taboo Spoilers In Different Fandoms

    As a Firefly late bloomer, I owe you, Internet.

    We here at The Mary Sue have a lot of opinions about spoilers, as does the rest of nerd-dom, obviously. In her new animation Leigh Lahav depicts the egregious sin of spoiling a beloved geeky entity for one's friends—a transgression second only to insulting another's ship.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: History’s Sassiest Raptors

    We do move in herds!

    Spare no expense!

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  3. Oxford Dictionary Adds “Mansplain,” “Douchebag” and “Fandom”

    neckbeard, n.: (informal) growth of hair on a man’s neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming…

    Like it or lump it, the English language is constantly evolving to reflect the people that speak it--and unfortunately, those people needed a catch-all term for unsolicited male condescension. The Oxford Dictionary has released a list of new additions to their online edition, so congratulations, "mansplain," "douchebag," "fandom" and friends! You're officially in the big leagues now!

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  4. In Defense of So-Called “Bad” Fanfiction

    Shout out to Sirius/Remus.

    If you consider yourself “in” a particular fandom, regardless of what fandom it is, there’s a good chance you’ve at least dipped your toes into the great and terrible ocean of fanfiction. And there is certainly a lot of great and a lot of terrible fanfiction.

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  5. A Ridiculously Comprehensive History of Sailor Moon, Part 3: Tales from Fandom

    Sailor Fandom Attack!

    Today you can't go pretty much three virtual feet on the Internet without running into something Sailor Moon related, but people didn't just start churning out fanart and crossover cosplays overnight. It takes time to build a fandom, and the sailor-suited soldier of love and justice has had something like 20 years to grow and evolve--alongside the Internet itself, in fact. Let's celebrate it together, friends.

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  6. MTV’s “Fandom Awards” Pit Fans Against Each Other And We’re Not Down

    Way to unnecessarily encourage negativity and infighting in fan culture, guys.

    mtvU is bringing the "Fandom Awards" to SDCC and, shortly after, to your very own TVs. Here's why everything about this is terrible and degrading to fan culture.

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  7. A Brief History of Fandom, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Fan

    (The) Doctor (and a) Strange Love

    In the beginning, I was not a fan. I liked stuff - Firefly, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings - but the tween who freaked over Bon Jovi and baseball grew up and moved out. I knew about fans; I married a classic Trekkie, who memorizes music cues and can name an episode by its first five seconds, and who first went to Comic-Con in 1972. But I thought, as so many do, that fandom was the domain of man-children with a less than firm grasp on reality. Then I met the Doctor.

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  8. The PBS Idea Channel Envisions the Bright Future of Fandoms [VIDEO]

    Fans Do Cool Things

    I like to think that the future of fandom involves us using our collective power of positive thinking to literally will a series where Lucy Liu and Lena Headey are butt-kicking lesbian assassins into existence. But these ideas are cool too. (via: Laughing Squid) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  9. Is the Future of Fandom Bleak or Bright?

    Also, in what way do you resemble a means of keeping oneself cool?

    Are you a fan of anything? Sure you are, and regardless of your level of fandom, you've probably had experiences where you'd like to give a little back and affect (hopefully) positive change in the things you love. PBS Idea Channel thinks that's a good thing, and fandom's prevalence just might change the course of all media in the future.

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  10. The Star Wars Expanded Universe is Dead, Long Live the Star Wars Expanded Universe

    I will make it legal!

    So Disney has decided that they're going to nuke most of the previously established Star Wars canon. I think this is as good a reason as any to finally bury the destructive concept of canon in fictional works. Note that this does not mean that I am against stories in continuity with each other, that's not my position at all. I love continuity, and the story options that it enables. But even as I enjoy continuity, I don't see why we should be judging stories as more or less significant than another on any basis but their merits. And that's all canon does, it arbitrarily privileges some continuities over others. Why should we recognize that kind of a distinction? Why should we give a soulless corporate entity that kind of power over our culture? Because that's what we're really talking about here.

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