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26 January 2010 @ 05:53 pm
Bleachness to be in PhD citations!  

For those of you who follow that sort of the thing, you know how spanky wanky and weird fandom was this past weekend and for those of you who don't ... eh, don't ask. *Throws holy water on you and blesses you with ignorance,* I'm just glad that Real Life kept me away from my Beloved Cyberlife with caregiver interviews (we found the perfect nanny for my daughter!), a search for a lost cat (she came back!) and a broken washing machine (the husband fixed it, broke it and fixed it again! Hallelujah!). I was too busy to find time to read all the fandom goings-on and, better yet, too scattered to find words to comment. If I'd made a comment, I invariably would have said something I would've regretted and then I would've had to apologize and ... hello? Has anyone seen my high horse? Oh that's right, I don't own one although whenever I make a fool of myself in public you'll see me riding atop this pony.

Isn't he cute? I'm going to hop on him now and brag a little because while all the hullaballoo about ships was going on this past weekend I got the most timely request from a PhD candidate at The University of Edinburgh. She's writing a journal article (as well as chapters towards her PhD) about the practices of reading shounen manga! No lie. At first I thought someone was pulling my leg but I checked her ( Lesley Gallacher) out, and we exchanged some emails. Apparently she's going to quote me and some posts from this very community in her writings because she believes that "fan analysis in this area is often far better than what academics have come up with." I'm so tickled by this, especially since she said she was including ideas about shippers, UlquiHime and how fan communities attempt to identify "crack" versus "canon." She also said that she'd send me the final draft of the article so it can be posted here and argued over. Stay tuned!

Of the many silly things I heard from the fandom bruhaha this past weekend, two had to do with misconceptions of academia and may have been (or not) deliberate jabs at fan people with degrees who dare to practice upon Japanese comics some analytical strategies learned in school. One silly statement was "logic is in the eye of the beholder" and I had to laugh because if that were so, then no one would ever fail my husband's Introduction to Logic classes. The other silly thing was "you don't need a college degree to read shounen manga." It would require that I go into some lengthy maneuvers of logic to explain why this statement was a diversionary tactic from an original ship war that was about the likelihood of canon and not about who's got the shinier qualifications in manga literacy but of course not, no one needs a college degree to read literary manga. The fact remains, though, that some of us do have those degrees and have a helluva lot of fun with them and our comics. Unlike the husband I'm not so fortunate as to be employed in my field at the moment so I scratch my literary itches with Bleach, and sometimes I evaluate posts on fan forums by criteria similar to the ones I'd use to grade freshmen compositions. I'm having a grand old time, and I'm honestly trying not to hurt anyone's feelings but heavens forbid that I ever EVER try to curb an opinion or pretend to be anyone other than who I am for fear of making some reader feel stupid.

Hell, I'm a queen of stupid--I write pr0ny fics and make embarrassingly lurid over-bright digital fanart and squee and writhe and go through all those fangirling rituals of sexual readiness whenever my favorite characters brandish their pointy weapons!

So, really, Fandom, don't be scared of me and other people who climb into the sandbox while wearing our little tassled hats. Some of us like to show them off but others are  merely absent-minded and forget to take them off for playdates. And don't judge us too harshly when we use our diplomas to scoop sand into said graduation caps. We don't know any better than to play with the toys our parents bought us. Someday I may be buying a university education for each of my own children and I'm going to try to be understanding if either of them wants to play with his or her degree in the casinos instead of the ivory towers.

Oh and one more thing--I will pass along to my children what I learned from my days on the Internet: Don't post in anger.

Have a lovely Rukia fanart before I go. Peca did one for Rukia's birthday this month that's so lovely!
This entry may have not made any sense at all--I have an MFA in poetry which may be equivalent of a higher degree in not making sense, but please enjoy this peaceful, serene art: http://peca06.deviantart.com/art/Rukia-s-belated-b-day-art-151518444

『ミカオル』 ☆: huuu~mikaoru on January 26th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Don't post in anger.

I'll write this in my forehead -_-
nehalenia: happy place - ishidanehalenia on January 27th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
I find writing stuff like that on the back of my hand works well. I always see it when I start typing. ;)
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_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 27th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)

Wow, that was some fast bot. I saw the same one in a friend's LJ just the other day. It's gone and I reported it. I thought it was links to fanart at first. Oh I desperately need some sleep. Yes yaaaaaays, I'm glad I get to post the paper here!
honeyhammer: Gunnm hairhoneyhammer on January 27th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
I received a message from her as well requesting a citation. Very interesting essay she's writing- I wish her the best of luck on it and hope to read it when it's completed.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 27th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)

Oh cool beans! Your posts are always so thoughtful. *dying to know which ones she picked* I admit I'm all happy about shippers being taken a little seriously, especially since we weren't exactly at our best behavior recently and people inside and outside of fandom tend to see us as brainless frothing at the mouth freaks for fictional love.
nahlackasexical on January 27th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
You had me at "UlquiHime." I look forward to reading this!
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ruinin fuckin' everythingallelujah on January 27th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
dude me too! She asked if she could use my NnoiNel essay <3
_debbiechan_: Neliel_debbiechan_ on January 27th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)

*runs around* Shippers go to Uni! Weee!
(no subject) - allelujah on January 27th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC) (Expand)
SilvaNoir: Orihimexilvrin on January 27th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
As my mom says "Use it or lose it" and "an education is never wasted. It gives you a better understanding of subject, and makes you a better conversationalist". So there's no shame in using what you learned in school and applying it to any form of entertainment/fiction. Analyzing the symbolism and themes in stories was my favorite part of classes. :)
aeri: ichirukiiluxe_love on January 27th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
Awesome! I have to admit, I would have never thought Bleach or shounen manga would make its way into PhD papers. I will definitely be reading this when it's finished and posted. I agree, though, the stuff this comm comes up with is just mindbogglingly amazing.

of course not, no one needs a college degree to read literary manga
I find it ridiculous that people are attacking other people for using their areas of expertise. :/
Willow The Strange and Sunlight Deprived: Startfleet WIN!forgottenranger on January 27th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
"Logic is in the eye of the beholder"

When I saw this, having studied philosophy logic and reason, I laughed. Long and hard and then I shook my head and had to stop myself from giving the girl a good long lecture on what logic actually is.

This is pretty cool, I look forward to seeing it when I can.
r0ck3tsci3ntist - sorry, kiddingr0ck3tsci3ntist on January 27th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Ok, sorry. Got my laughing fit under control now. *ahem* This all sounds very interesting! There have been some extra ordinarily good posts in this comm so I hope the author gets some good material. I'm looking forward to reading it.

*is a bit sad she hasn't waxed philosophical about Ulqui/hime since the days of yore when we were predicting his release form*
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 27th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)

Maybe you'll be waxing again soon! (I can't use that word w/o thinking about The Karate Kid "wax on, wax off")

Yeah, laughing is good. I think I might've cried if I read some of the stuff AS IT WAS HAPPENING this week. As it was, waking up to it I still got the cold shivers but the logic remark did make me laugh a lot. Of course I'll use any excuse to get a laugh out of what my husband does for a living. Logic is the most boring class in the whole philosophy department.
aentee: you iz my hero!; uwaaa; wowaentee on January 27th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
she said she was including ideas about shippers, UlquiHime and how fan communities attempt to identify "crack" versus "canon".

Sounds like it'll be a very interesting read, I look forward to it *__*

"logic is in the eye of the beholder"

Lol. I wish this were true so that I won't ever have to study for my Critical Thinking exam XD!
~vkikay~: Frau!vkikay on January 27th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
I checked her out as well... cos, like you, I thought that someone was pulling a prank on me... when did I ever wrote a sensible post in BA or in LJ? xDD Maybe she caught me in one of my rare lucid intervals LOL

It is interesting to find someone plans or is writing a PHD paper about shounen manga and fandom. I am looking forward to reading this!
_debbiechan_: squee by stereotype vamp_debbiechan_ on January 27th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)

Heya gal. *high five* The kid got me up at 4 a.m. so I'm checking for spoilers.
The wonderful thing about being a fangirl is that we DO have our lucid intervals, don't we?
oh gallant piglet,: konaizome on January 27th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Very glad (and impressed!) to read about the citations going around! Congrats to you and those involved, and I look forward to the end result!
tsubaki99tsubaki99 on January 27th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Wow i'm very impressed and happy!I'm looking foward to it =D and congratulations!
Super Nintendo Chalmersstrawberries_85 on January 27th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
My jaw dropped almost to the floor after reading this.

Wow, I'm so happy for you Debbie, femmelujah, honeyhammer and others that may be cited.

Brilliant job, keep showing why there is nothing wrong with using what you've learned. :)