GeekGirlCon Interview with Anna Zola Miller

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Title: GeekGirlCon Interview with Anna Zola Miller
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Interviewee: Anna Zola Miller
Date(s): August 22, 2012
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Fandom
External Links: interview is here; reference link
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Contents

In 2012, Anna Zola Miller was interviewed for GeekGirlCon.

Some topics discussed Open Doors, Starsky & Hutch, and Battlestar Galactica.

Some Excerpts

One of the major challenges in Open Doors is the tension between the philosophy of preservation and the culture of fandom. When we did our first automated archive import, there was a lot of controversy over whether we were moving fans’ work without permission, and whether that violated fan culture’s etiquette. As I see it, the preference some people have expressed for letting old archives disappear and old fanworks with them, rather than moving to the AO3, is a product of the shame and silence that surrounds fandom. I think we should assert our rights as fan creators to do and preserve what we see as culturally interesting and valuable transformative work, even as we attempt to protect people’s identity in situations where fandom can be a sensitive subject. A major part of that is ensuring that current fans are aware that they are not alone; they are part of a legitimate culture that has been around for a long time. And as a history geek, the thought of old fanworks disappearing makes me really sad.
There’s a Starsky and Hutch fanzine that was archived in the Fan Culture Preservation Project a while ago, called Scales of Justice. I’ve never even seen Starsky and Hutch, but the zine is full of art and it’s so ridiculously gorgeous that I love it anyway.