Because we needed another WorldCon opinion
I’ve been watching the latest blog posts about WorldCon with interest. I’m nowhere near a WorldCon veteran, but I am also not a newbie.
I spent my time in WorldCon in the dealer room, barcon, at the business meeting, exploring San Antonio, doing interviews, and the events I was scheduled to do. I didn’t attend stuff as a fan (despite all my best intentions) so a lot of the criticism I’m reading about graying fandom and exclusionary actions, I can’t speak to. I didn’t personally feel excluded as a young woman (and I’m very aware of the privileges my white able bodied middle class position gives) but this also wasn’t my first WorldCon.
After reading the blogs by people who are dissatisfied, and the response from some of the defenders of WorldCon, I am figuring some stuff out. In hindsight, the problems are what the problems usually are, intent, impressions, and expectations.
Intent: WorldCon intends on being an inclusionary celebration for Fans of SF.
In my first WorldCon, Montreal, I learned that fans of SF and Fandom were completely different things. I was introduced to the concept that the fact that I had enjoyed SF my whole life did not make me a Fan.
Impression: WorldCon is an incredibly expensive convention. If you pay over $200 for a convention, you expect to get your money’s worth. To a young attendee, this means a well-run convention. To a Fan, this means you are buying a membership to the WSFS and get to be part of shaping SF history.
Young attendees don’t know what they’re getting. I covered this