If you are a fan, you probably know what the Hugo Awards are. At least I hope you know…
Some background – on Sad Puppies, not the Hugo Awards.
This is the third year that a group has proposed the ‘Sad Puppy’ slate of nominations. The stated idea is to promote well written fiction.
All sounds great, right? Now we get into the complications.
Define Well Written
If you get two fans in a room, discussing how to define well written, you’ll get at least ten definitions. Fans are a cantankerous lot, opinionated, arrogant, stubborn, and all those good things.
Fanish Wars have been going on since back in the early days of Fandom, when the Futurians raised inter-clique wars to an art form (I strongly recommend reading The Futurians by Damon Knight, a history of the time). So this amount of screaming, crying, and wailing is normal. If annoying. Or maybe not, since it made Breitbart.
My personal definition of well written is “Sells like Hotcakes.” Seriously. I don’t care how well written you think it is, if no one bothers BUYING THE BOOK it is obvious that readers disagree with you.
Of course sales can be, and are manipulated on a regular basis. The amount of advertising on a title can drive sales, that the title wouldn’t normally get on its own. But that’s business, and in the end if an advertised book is no good word of mouth will usually kill its sales anyway.
Some people think that a Sad Puppy slate being proposed is manipulation, and politics at its worst. Guess what folks – every award contest is politics. That’s just the way life is. Live with it.
This part had me confused. What did SJW mean? It turns out it means Social Justice Warrior. I immediately had a picture of Rush Limbaugh pop into my mind.
I am assured that Social Justice Warrior means a radical leftist, but… In that case shouldn’t it be Leftist Social Justice Warrior? Wikipedia says:
The term “social justice warrior” has been used to describe people who work for social justice issues, often “claiming a moral authority” and “questioning the motives and moral integrity of those they oppose”
Rush Limbaugh works on Social Justice issues. So do the Koch Brothers, Steven Harper, Justin Trudeau, Thomas Mulcair, and Elizabeth May, with the last four being the major party leaders in the Parliament of Canada, including the Prime Minister.
Effectively what they mean is people who advocate for Social Justice Issues which they don’t like. Which is fine.
What this means is…
Things are normal. Some people feel the Hugo Awards have gone too far one way, and want to change things. Those who like how things have gone are screaming blue murder because they don’t want things to change.
This is normal. For that matter, this is good. Very good. This is how Society develops.
Yes, it can be a bit noisy for a while. That’s fine. As long as only words are being used, that’s fine.
Cook up lots of popcorn, and enjoy the show.
Tuesday February 10, 2015
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