We Are On Our Way To World Peace – How About Peace In Geek Fandom?

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This last week has been one of the most inspiring, uplifting weeks in perhaps the course of human history, certainly of this century. We have Kanye West reaching across  racial and cultural divides to embrace President Trump, and vice versa. We have north and south Korea coming together and putting an end to hostilities after generations.

Whereas 2017 was the year of divisiveness, of demonizing the other, 2018 is truly the year of unity and love.

But our culture is lagging behind. Science fiction and fantasy, comics, the whole of geek culture is dragging our feet as to what the rest of the world is doing. Which is crazy, because we used to be the most forward thinking of genres. We’re stuck in the past, in a place where John Ringo is hated out of a convention because of his political opinions. Where places like SFWA or Worldcon area bout perpetuating angry cliques instead of being a safe place for all professionals to celebrate the field.

Let’s vow to make a change together.

There’s a lot of folk who call themselves my enemies, and over what? We’ve been fighting for so long that what are we even fighting over? I want love, diversity, tolerance, inclusivity. If you’re reading this and you’re a self-proclaimed enemy of mine, what in that list bothers you? Are those beautiful words only meant to apply to some and not to all? Let’s get beyond that kind of tribal thinking.

This is a call to action. We need to work to end this divide, and it begins with talking, openly and earnestly. John Scalzi, Cat Rambo, Kevin Roche, Mike Glyer, Jennifer Brozek, Setsu Uzume — this blog is for you. You have the power to make real change and bring our culture to a better place. Contact me and let’s make it happen.We can forge a new fandom in love and hope–together. Science fiction is not about the past, but about the future.

If you like my visions of the future of our real world, then you’ll probably love my book, The Stars Entwined. Humanity has come together, and though there’s drastic differences between us and the aliens, love has the power to change the universe. Check it out here. 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “We Are On Our Way To World Peace – How About Peace In Geek Fandom?

  1. The Scalzis and Rambos have no desire to play nice with those who don’t follow the SJW line. They will see your outreach as a sign of weakness, blood in the water. Any appeal for tolerance will bring even more smears and ridicule on your head.

    Jon, it is clear you do not understand the enemy nor the stakes at risk. Scalzi’s career is faltering. If THE CONSUMING FIRE fails, he is finished. And that should be celebrated, not bemoaned, as a lesson to the chestless men he so exemplifies.

  2. Nothing the Scalzis or Glyers of the world have done has ever come close in terms of inspiring hatred, lack of diversity, intolerance, and exclusivity than the regular activities of people like Tom Kratman, John C. Wright and Teddy Beale.

    When you reach out to them and challenge them to change their ways, then maybe I’ll take you seriously. In the meantime, the people you’re allied with — and doing things like copying their memes, praising them to the skies, etc., certainly seems to count as “allied” — say to me that the only kind of “love, diversity, tolerance, inclusivity” you are after is the kind where people show that to you regardless of whether you show it to them or not.

    • I’m guessing you’ve never hung out with or had a conversation with Tom Kratman, John C. Wright or Vox Day. Otherwise you wouldn’t just repeat nonsense.

      “You are disingenuous because you hang out with the wrong group of people” is literally bigotry. Judging by group, not by me. Why not just live my words and show love instead of disdain for people? A response to “let’s come together in love” should not be “let’s hate on these people!”

    • Oh lookie here, Jon. Another keyboard commando who lacks the courage to put their name behind their shitposting.

    • “Nothing the Scalzis or Glyers of the world have done has ever come close in terms of inspiring hatred, lack of diversity, intolerance, and exclusivity than the regular activities of people like Tom Kratman, John C. Wright and Teddy Beale.”

      Typically, an Intellectually Honest person at least tries to give examples of where said people inspire “…hatred, lack of diversity, intolerance and exclusivity…”.

      The fact that you don’t lead with such information is what people in the Real World call a Red Flag: you’re a dishonest troll.

      Note: I’m not saying that examples don’t exist. I don’t know for certain. Nor do I care. Nor do many (waaaay less than you may think): many of things you name, in spite of the cultural agitprop we are bombarded with constantly, are not inherently evil or wrong. But it takes a mind not bent or warped by post-modern, Marxist ‘teaching’ to realize this.

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