Owning the servers: A design fiction exploring the transformation of fandom into "our own" Journal Article uri icon



  • This essay serves as a speculative design fiction that traces the history of fan creation platforms from the past to the present and finally to a possible future. Using the history and success of the Archive of Our Own (https://archiveofourown.org/) as a focal point, I consider the importance of owning the servers as a way for fan communities to create and preserve culture and reassert values. Examining one possible legal and technological future with an air of optimism allows us to consider what fannish communities can do now to maintain a path of our own.

publication date

  • January 1, 2018

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  • gold

Date in CU Experts

  • January 26, 2019 12:06 PM

Full Author List

  • Fiesler C

author count

  • 1

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Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1941-2258

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