The internet can be a harsh, hyper-critical place that’s quick to judge and low on thoughtful, considered analysis. This article is a bit of a reminder that passion runs deep in all fandom cultures, and to totally steal a quote from Gandalf, and mangle it a bit, we shouldn’t be too eager to tear other folks down.
Also, “the cultural roots of Tolkien’s The Hobbit in the Old Norse literary form of the Legendary Saga.”? I’d be all over that if I was there.
Don’t be quick to dismiss DragonCon—the annual Labor Day convergence of geeks, freaks, sci-fi fans, video game enthusiasts, and other niche subcultures in downtown Atlanta—as a mere freakshow. There are valuable lessons to be learned, and we’re not just talking about the “Star Wars Costuming” panel or the lessons in stage fighting or the seminar on “the cultural roots of Tolkien’s The Hobbit in the Old Norse literary form of the Legendary Saga.” Here are the six truths we gleaned in just twenty-four hours at the con.
1. Embrace other cultures.
What’s better than Boba Fett? Disco Pimp Boba Fett.