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A trade journal of a still-emerging field, written by Adam Tinworth.

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It’s not hard to find this adorable:

Yes, it’s the CGI team from Industrial Light & Magic, watching reaction videos to the trailer for Rogue One, the forthcoming Star Wars movie.

In a month where we’ve seen so damn many examples of the negative impact of social media, it’s nice to see a more positive one. And while, yes, this is marketing, it’s also an example of communication. Fans of Star Wars who have gone into professional filming are reacting to the reactions of fans who makes YouTube videos. It’s sort of a meta-reaction video.

The circle is now complete

More than that, it’s a circle of communication between the creators and their audience that allows a degree of interplay. We’ve reached an interesting point in our culture where fans of the media of the 70s and 80s are now professionals in their own right, and able to bring both their fandom and their skills to bear on old franchises. The revival of Doctor Who under the acclaimed Russell T. Davies (a Who uber-fan) a decade ago is a classic example of that. At leat two of the lead actors – David Tennant and Peter Capaldi – are fans, too. The rebirth of the Star Wars franchise last year is another example.

However, there’s a really careful line to walk between being a fan and being a professional. You don’t just want to make something for the fans – you want to make it for everybody. But equally, you need to understand what it was about these narratives that made people fans in the first place. And it’s easy within your fannish professional bubble to make the wrong calls. At least here we’re seeing people take some form of sanity check on their own work.

Well, as long as they’re also watching the negative reactions…

[via The Mary Sue]

Some Doctor Who fans choose to embrace the 10th anniversary of the revived series by doing something creative like this:

Others choose to get all upset that a journalist (and Who fan) dared write something taking the mickey out of the show’s, err, weaker moments:

It lacks integrity. Perhaps Martin Belam would like to remind himself of the meaning of that word. It certainly doesn’t apply to selling out on your favourite TV show (his Twitter account page loves the soulless Cybermen) for a few quid.

It’s about ethics in Doctor Who journalism apparently.

This was my contribution to the festivities.

My eight-year old, Who-obsessed self would be so very proud.

android-ios-love.jpgI don’t often go out of my way to link to stuff I write elsewhere  – but this once, I’m going to. 

I’ve done a piece for the NEXT Berlin blog on why I think the iOS versus Android fanboy wars are deeply unhelpful, and obscuring the debates we need to be having around the way handheld computing is changing the way we live. 

It appears to be something that’s beginning to bubble up in the collective tech blogging conciousness. Marco Armet explores the anti-Apple anger evident in some of the debate, in a piece for his new publication The Magazine. And Brian Hall pkes at some of the stupidity of the coverage in a blog post from earllier today. But both of these carry a pro-Apple, anti-Android slant, and I’m not really very interested in taking sides. 

I think Jeff Eaton summed it up nicely when he kindly retweeded the link earlier:

I’ll leave it up to you to decide if my words are wise, but I think there’s a palpable difference between being a reasoned advocate of a product and a blind fanatic, loyal to his or her product tribe. And I object to the latter group polluting a discussion they are not capable of engaging with.