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Ok, so I did a little detective work because on tumblr, equixen2 reblogged an amazing post about the meaning of fandom from negative-euphoria-rabbit who had maybe reblogged it via secretlifeofachocoholic, I can't be sure. Still, in checking these 3 tumblrs, I couldn't actually find authorship and I wanted authorship before posting it to Livejournal.

So, digging further, I found that gointorosedale was 'sourced', whatever that means, at one point, but a leads a lead, so I went to his/ her tumblr and scanning to the bottom of the page which contained the meaning of fandom text, I found this: http://hesychasm.livejournal.com/187818.html. The real and truly source.

The long and the short of it is: The following was written by one of us, hesychasm, way back in 2006 and who rnot uneasonably got a zillion (or over 300) comments to her original LJ post and over 33,000 notes for the reblogged text on tumblr. And how cool is it that she's still active on Livejournal?

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*Fandom is focus. Fandom is obsession. Fandom is insatiable consumption. Fandom is sitting for hours in front of a TV screen a movie screen a computer screen with a comic book a novel on your lap. Fandom is eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome and not enough exercise and staying up way, way past your bedtime.

Fandom is people you don't tell your mother you're meeting. Fandom is people in the closet, people out and proud, people in costumes, people in T-shirts with slogans only fifty others would understand. Fandom is a loud dinner conversation scaring the waiter and every table nearby.

Fandom is you in Germany and me in the US and him in Australia and her in Japan. Fandom is a sofabed in New York, a roadtrip to Oxnard, a friend behind a face in London. Fandom talks past timezones and accents and backgrounds. Fandom is conversation. Communication. Contact.

Fandom is drama. Fandom is melodrama. Fandom is high school. Fandom is Snacky's law and Godwin's law and Murphy's law. Fandom is smarter than you. Fandom is stupider than you. Fandom is five arguments over and over and over again. Fandom is the first time you've ever had them.

Fandom is female. Fandom is male. Fandom lets female play at being male. Fandom bends gender, straight, gay, prude, promiscuous. Fandom is fantasy. Fandom doesn't care about norms or taboos or boundaries. Fandom cares too much about norms and taboos and boundaries. Fandom is not real life. Fandom is closer than real life. Fandom knows what you're really like in the bedroom. Fandom is how you would never, could never be in the bedroom.

Fandom is shipping, never shipping, het, slash, gen, none of the above, more than the above. Fandom is love for characters you didn't create. Fandom is recreating the characters you didn't create. Fandom is appropriation, subversion, dissention. Fandom is adoration, extrapolation, imitation. Fandom is dissection, criticism, interpretation. Fandom is changing, experimenting, attempting.

Fandom is creating. Fandom is drawing, painting, vidding: nine seasons in four minutes of love. Fandom is words, language, authoring. Fandom is essays, stories, betas, parodies, filks, zines, usenet posts, blog posts, message board posts, emails, chats, petitions, wank, concrit, feedback, recs. Fandom is writing for the first time since you were twelve. Fandom is finally calling yourself a writer.

Fandom is signal and response. Fandom is a stranger moving you to tears, anger, laughter. Fandom is you moving a stranger to speak.

Fandom is distraction. Fandom is endangering your job, your grades, your relationships, your bank account. Fandom gets no work done. Fandom is too much work. Fandom was/is just a phase. Fandom could never be just a phase. Fandom is where you found a friend, a sister, a kindred spirit. Fandom is where you found a talent, a love, a reason.

Fandom is where you found yourself."
          -hesychasm

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The following was placed at the end of her journal page so, I include it here.

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Comments

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fansee
May. 1st, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Fandom
Omigod, that's wonderful. I wish I'd written it. I wish I'd thought of half of it.

My first taste of fandom came in the 80's so I've participated in all of these except the one I crossed out:

Fandom is essays, stories, betas, parodies, filks, zines, usenet posts, blog posts, message board posts, emails, chats, petitions, wank,(not much wank - I'm in a Wank Free zone) concrit, feedback, recs. Fandom is writing for the first time since you were twelve. Fandom is finally calling yourself a writer.
gaeln
May. 2nd, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Fandom
Okay, you have seriously done very well. Me, not so much. Frankly, I don't even know what some of these things are. Hence:

'Fandom is essays, (NO) stories, betas, parodies, (NO) filks, (don't know what this is) zines, (ditto) usenet posts, (ditto) blog posts, message board posts, (I loved Showtimes's message board) emails, chats, (Not really) petitions, (I think I do this if I understand it correctly) wank, (yeah, very very little) concrit, feedback, recs. Fandom is writing for the first time since you were twelve. (Actually 18, but whose counting) Fandom is finally calling yourself a writer.' (almost, I almost call myself a writer)

I would have crossed stuff out but I don't know how, I forget the code :DD What got me was that she'd written this way back in 2006 when I hadn't done any of this. Amazing to think that you've been involved in one way or another since the 1980s. So cool.
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gaeln
May. 2nd, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean, I only wish I had written it. I kept saying to myself, 'well, that's me and that's me and that's me too!!'. I was just so please to discover it was written by an Livejoulner who is still active here. Very cool :)
flashfly
May. 2nd, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
I 've read this before and it's always good to see it again.
gaeln
May. 2nd, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
I hadn't and was so happy to find out that it was written by a still-active LJer. This really does sum it up for me :D
tv_fan_2008
May. 2nd, 2012 10:36 am (UTC)
I actually had seen the original post by hesychasm ages ago so I probably should have thought to include it when I reblogged that post at Tumblr. I could have saved you all that trouble in trying to find the original source /o\
Well done in finding her though! :) It really is such an amazing post and all so true!

Edited at 2012-05-02 10:37 am (UTC)
gaeln
May. 2nd, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm actually glad you didn't because it was fun hunting her down and happily finding out she was, and still is, on LJ :D it is a perfect comment on fandom and so nicely written.
spike7451
May. 2nd, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
How wonderful!!
gaeln
May. 2nd, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
very true!
mitakay
May. 2nd, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
I LOVED this post- I had never seen that before...all of it SO TRUE!!!
Thanks so much for sharing. :D
gaeln
May. 2nd, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
you are more than welcome!!!
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