The piece triggered sdwolfpup to post some of her thoughts about fandom. (And, hopefully, she won't kick my ass for linking. ;) One line of her post stood out in particular for me:
So I supposed it's a combination of all of that: contribution, interaction, brainpower devoted.
I've thought about what differentiates being a fan and being in fandom. I could never quite nail it down until I saw SDW's words. There's a lot of TV series and movie series I'm a fan of. Many I've talked about in this LJ. A few I've even spent a significant amount of time analyzing before I entered the 'Not That I'm Bitter' stage. But I really only consider myself to have been part of two fandoms, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica. I've analyzed both series until I thought there was nothing left to analyze and then found more to analyze. I've gotten into long discussions with people and maxed out posting limits. I've hunted down spoilers. Read copious amounts of fic and fangirled the actors and actresses. And while all that makes me feel as if I'm in fandom, what makes me feel a part of fandom is I've contributed. More so with Battlestar than Buffy since I've written fic, storyboarded a vid, and had that crazy idea to start a fan community for a certain actor. But I think you cross that line when your love inspires you to create, whether it's meta, fic, vids, icons - whatever you love to do, and you feel compelled to share that love with others.
And speaking of fandom, I have links!
If you are a fan of 30 Rock and Mad Men, get ready for your worlds to collide. Jon Hamm is joining '30 Rock' and it looks like it could be a reoccurring role. Until Liz screws it up. ;)
Time reviews the 'Dollhouse' pilot. I didn't spot any spoilers beyond a description of the characters and premise. Some things they liked about the show, some things they didn't. My favorite part:
Now the minus. Dollhouse as conceived (a heroine plays a different "person" every week) is less a series concept than an actress' showcase, a sort of extreme version of an Alias undercover premise. (In fact, the reports of how the show was conceived have said that Dushku essentially broached the idea as a showcase.) And the actress being showcased is Eliza Dushku. Now, I have nothing against Dushku. I thought she was fine on Buffy. But she's not exactly Toni Collette (who's playing a multiple-personality case on Showtime's The United States of Tara, which I have not seen). Watching her inhabit her imprinted "personality"—a tough negotiator with secret vulnerabilities—I did not see her becoming another person. I thought: Oh, look! There's Eliza Dushku with glasses and her hair in a bun!
I had a crappy chair for several years and I still would opt for a new copier if the one I had was as crappy as that one. That thing wasn't even capable of being networked.
It was cute how excited Michael was to be asked out to lunch by Oscar and Jim.
The wedding I saw coming, why didn't Angela? It's Dwight.