LJ Deja Vu

Last weekend, Feorag NicBhride live-blogged Novacon 38’s panel about “whether LiveJournal has eaten fanzine fandom.”

I have resisted the temptation to think of this as another in the perpetual series of will-electronic-communication-kill-paperzines panels we’ve been having at conventions since the days when unknown fans showed up in the audiences claiming they were publishing fanzines on five-inch floppies.

It’s obviously not the same, for at least two reasons. First, the panel was full of interesting speakers, including frandowdsofa, stevegreen, the_magician, fluffcthulhu and Feorag. Second, the audience outnumbered the panel.

Paperzines do seem destined to die, yet they have enjoyed an even more lingering death than Little Nell. I suppose the fact that I am still publishing one isn’t exactly speeding up the ending.

Credit to Cheryl Morgan who’s already posted these links, as well as the news that Novacon 38 was also where Steve Green and Martin Tudor chose to re-launch Critical Wave, which is available online at efanzines.com.

[Thanks to David Klaus for the story.]