Owning the servers: A design fiction exploring the transformation of fandom into" our own"
Transformative Works and Cultures
This essay serves as a speculative design fiction that traces the history of fan creation platforms from the past to the present and finally to a possible future. Using the history and success of the Archive of Our Own (https://archiveofourown.org/) as a focal point, I consider the importance of owning the servers as a way for fan communities to create and preserve culture and reassert values. Examining one possible legal and technological future with an air of optimism allows us to consider what fannish communities can do now to maintain a path of our own.
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Fiesler, Casey, "Owning the servers: A design fiction exploring the transformation of fandom into" our own"" (2018). Information Science Faculty & Staff Contributions. 5.