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For those of you who don't know me, I've been active in fandom since 2002, though not so much lately, because I'm working toward a master's degree in written communication. I'm currently taking a class called "Community Communication," and for the most recent assignment, we were asked to identify a communication issue in community with which we are very familiar. I chose to look at racism within fandom, based on RaceFail '09 and, more recently, Big Bang RaceFail of '10.

The follow-up paper (which is due a week from tomorrow) is to develop an action plan on how to use communication tools to address the given issue. Below the cut is a list of questions about perceptions of racism in fandom as well as questions about how we respond to such incidents. Anonymous commenting is permitted (though I'll be logging IP addresses), but if you would prefer to respond privately and receive an answer, please feel free to PM me.

I want to thank [livejournal.com profile] amazonziti, who was extremely helpful in both reviewing and answering the questions below, and [personal profile] bossymarmalade, who also provided assistance. Finally, if you think this is a worthwhile survey to complete and conversation to have, please give it signal boost at your own journal.

Poll #3998 Racism in Fandom
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 5

Do you self-identify as a person of color?

Yes
0 (0.0%)

No
5 (100.0%)

Do you see evidence of ongoing racism – conscious or unconscious – within fandom?

Yes
5 (100.0%)

No
0 (0.0%)

Rate fandom’s awareness of racism within its own ranks, with 1 being dismal awareness and 10 being fully aware.

Mean: 7.80 Median: 8 Std. Dev 0.98
10 (0.0%)
20 (0.0%)
30 (0.0%)
40 (0.0%)
50 (0.0%)
61 (20.0%)
70 (0.0%)
83 (60.0%)
91 (20.0%)
100 (0.0%)

In your experience, how does racism tend to reveal itself within fan fiction (for example, unrealistic portrayals of characters of color, lack of characters of color, stereotypes, etc.)? Please respond to this question within the comments below or send me a private message.

Fandom tends to be reactive when it comes to racism – when an event happens, members of the community react by responding directly to the person or group involved or by posting to their journal. Do you think this approach is productive? If you have more to say, please add a comment below or send me a private message.

Yes
4 (80.0%)

No
1 (20.0%)

Do you think a proactive (instead of reactive) approach may be productive? If you have more to say, please add a comment below or send me a private message.

Yes
3 (75.0%)

No
1 (25.0%)

If you think a proactive approach may be productive, have you thought about activities that might help reduce incidents of racism? If you have more to say, please add a comment below or send me a private message.

Yes
0 (0.0%)

No
4 (100.0%)

Do you think ongoing dialogues throughout fandom might help writers reduce the incidents of racism within their own stories? If you have more to say, please add a comment below or send me a private message.

Yes
5 (100.0%)

No
0 (0.0%)

Would you be interested in participating in such dialogues? If you have more to say, please add a comment below or send me a private message.

Yes
2 (50.0%)

No
2 (50.0%)



If you have anything to add, please include it in a comment below or in a private message to me.

Thank you.

Note: This poll has been crossposted from LiveJournal
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