Slashers of Silicon Valley

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Title: Slashers of Silicon Valley
Creator: Dara Sloan
Date(s): August 13, 1999
Medium: online
Topic: fiction writing, RPS, Cease and Desist
External Links: Slashers of Silicon Valley/WebCite
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Slashers of Silicon Valley is an essay by Dara Sloan.

It is part of the Fanfic Symposium series.


In real life, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates would probably sooner chew on ground glass than have sex with each other. So why was I getting such intense slash vibes during Ted Turner's latest telecinematic masterpiece, "Pirates of Silicon Valley"? And more importantly, what can I do about it? "Actor slash" is a big no-no in just about every forum. However, this isn't exactly the same thing. "Pirates" has a disclaimer at the end stating that certain scenes, characters and dialogue were created for dramatic purposes. By deliberately fictionalizing (and glamorizing) actual events and people, the filmmakers take them that one step away from reality. The movie was made without the consent of any of the real-life players, so nobody can argue that it's only okay when the producers mess with the facts because they had permission. So if they can do it, why can't we?
So what's stopping me from inflicting SJ/BG smut on the slash community? Fear of being worked over by Gates the Almighty's legal goons, first and foremost. We're talking about a guy who tried to slap a C&D on the author of a parody site [2], fer cryin' out loud. And the webmaster in question never had Bill shagging his worst nemesis and liking it. Even if he didn't want to piss off every gay activist in the world by claiming defamation of character, he could probably still manage to have me chopped into a hundred pieces and left for the vultures out in the desert someplace. Or at the very least, rubber-hose my ISP into dumping me, and have every site that ever heard of me flensed from cyberspace like Playboy from a 7-Eleven in the Bible Belt. But maybe I'm just being paranoid.