Linkspam: April 2nd, 2021

On Fridays, we will share links to news, blogs, and anything else we find interesting.  We can’t catch everything, so you are invited to self-promote in the comments!

Ace Blogging

Kierha reviewed Lucifer.

Coyote explained “the SAM” as a failed critique of essentialism.

aceadmiral has a field guide to identifying comings out in the wild.

Sarah Z explained the history of “All or Nothing”, a failed Indiegogo project (video).

Community Activity

International Asexuality Day is on April 6th, and will start with a livestream event on April 5th.

Aro Blogging

The Carnival of Aros roundup for March, on the theme “Intersectionality and Inclusivity”, has been posted.

About Siggy

Siggy is an ace activist based in the U.S. He is gay gray-A, and has a Ph.D. in physics. He has another blog where he also talks about math, philosophy, godlessness, and social criticism. His other hobbies include board games and origami.
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7 Responses to Linkspam: April 2nd, 2021

  1. Coyote says:

    Something about seeing “All or Nothing” show jokes sets me on edge these days. I started watching the Sarah Z video because of this post, and she explained why the show pitch had become largely associated with a failed Indiegogo project, and I figured, okay, I guess that reaction is just misplaced…. and then no, she went on to talk about a wider situation of ridiculing aces & pan folk on Tumblr categorically and how, while the “scam” narrative is the main part of the joke, that context’s not entirely possible to disentangle from it. So maybe not so misplaced a reaction after all.

    • Siggy says:

      I didn’t even know people joked about “All or Nothing” until seeing the video. I remembered “All or Nothing” primarily as a piece of fanart, and had forgotten that anyone tried to fund a show for it. I’m sure I must have seen it at some point and just shrugged, and never thought about it again.

      $6k is really not that much, and it seems petty to me to even make fun of it. There are lots of much bigger failed kickstarters.

      • Coyote says:

        Well now you have me interested in what other stories you know of failed kickstarters.

        • Siggy says:

          Off the top of my head, in the webcomic world I remember there was a kickstarter project for $170k where apparently a collaborator ran away with the money, leaving the artist to explain what happened to fans. And in the video game world, there’s whatever the hell is going on with Star Citizen, which has raised $300M over the last decade.

          But really, failed Kickstarter projects have been a constant for as long as I’ve been hearing about Kickstarter. Particularly in the video game world, there’s robust discussion of the subject. For example, see this article from 2015 claiming that the kickstarter bubble is bursting (lol). Compared to video game kickstarters, $6k is pennies, and even then, video games are getting most of their money from other sources (and using crowdfunding success to prove consumer interest to investors).

  2. Wow…I saw that “All or Nothing” post a couple times and a) I didn’t realize it was that old (believe it or not, I was not on Tumblr in the DashCon era) and b) this is literally the first time I’ve heard about this Indiegogo fundraiser. Looking back, perhaps I did once see the original post and the artwork in a reblog chain that had someone being excited about how someone was actually making it in it, but I didn’t take it seriously enough to look into it. I can’t recall ever seeing ace harassment incorporating this, but–given the amount of the stuff I’ve read over the years–it’s definitely possible I did see it and just don’t remember because I didn’t have the context to understand it. Overall, this kind of sours my opinion of what I’d always thought was a kind of cute post. That’s disappointing.

    Her discussion of the way this whole debacle fed into the wider site culture of viewing ace people as cringey was really interesting and tracks with my experience over there (though, I’m not 100% sold on the timelines she gives). The “this is cringey” level of this sort of harassment doesn’t get talked about a lot, but might also explain why nonbinary people are another favored group for harassment on Tumblr. I must admit that most of my knowledge about pan harassment on the site is second hand, so I’m not qualified to comment on it.

    Also, the way she talks about pre-DashCon Tumblr is interesting, because this isn’t the first place where I’ve heard about a cultural shift on the site which supposedly happened sometime before I found my way there. That’s about all I know about the subject, though.

    • Siggy says:

      I don’t think Sarah’s timeline is quite right either. Ace hate has been around since 2010 or 2011, and will never end.

      As for the attitudes towards Tumblr pre- and post-DashCon, it’s hard to say. I thought Tumblr was a terrible platform from the beginning.

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