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Why I Am Taking Part in the March Media Blackout

I am an American expat, a vidder, a gamer, and hopefully I will continue to be a games, or at least software, developer.

As such I've got a few horsies in this race.  Recent developments have come to light, and I'm kind of grateful for the timing.  After SOPA died down I was gonna ease off the promise to participate in the March Blackout, but now the likes of the MPAA, RIAA and Electronic Software Association (ESA) have kindly reminded me why it's so important that I don't.  None of this is over, and furthermore it's going to affect me on yet another level:  as a vidder.

So, to reaffirm my commitment:  In the month of March I will not be purchasing, downloading, playing or watching broadcasts of any film, tv show, music or game that is produced or distributed by members of the above.  I will not go to the movies.  I will also not illegally aquire media in any form (I don't tend to to begin with, but it's worth stating that this is part of the deal).

Why I am Doing This, and Why It Matters )

joyo: One panel from the comic "Love and Rockets".   Has maggie standing holding a giant wrench. (Default)
It's not just that Sandy Herrold's influence on fans and fandom is unquestionable.  It's that it's unquestionably *excellent*.  I mean, just look at this:  http://fanlore.org/wiki/Sandy_Herrold#Remembrances

She touched so many people in such profound ways...before I was even *born*.

I was looking forward to finally seeing more of her, and I can't help but feel cheated that I will never get the chance to know her better than my first (dazed and hopelessly n00b-tranced) Vividcon.  Her feedback was...honestly it's the only feedback I can still clearly remember. 

Personally, I will never know her any better than as the woman who boldly stated "This vid made me cry, but did not earn my tears" in Vividcon Vid Review in 2009.  But I will not forget that moment.  Because when you hear something like that, it is something that you *remember*.  You take it with you, and it challenges you to demand more from media as a viewer, and more from yourself as a creator.

And she was (hell, *is*) so important to people who are very dear to me.  So frankly, if they credit her with even an ounce of the brilliant, lovely beings they are today, I have to consider myself lucky just to have entered her orbit.

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