Some thoughts about Coronavirus and Fan Conventions.

This post is  a response to a question about the future of fan Conventions  in light of  COVID-19.

This is a speculation about the future of conventions if we can control COVID-19. I use my experience as a Sanrio fan.  One option is similar to Hello Kitty Friendship Festival and the recent Hello Kitty Around the World tour. In each case one bought a ticket for a session lasting two to four hours.  Only a fixed amount of tickets was sold per session. The session could have a show, panel, displays and a trip though the dealer’s den.

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How to Simulate a Furry Convention at Home

How to Simulate a Furry Convention at Home (CCP Virus Edition)

1- 11 By Acton

 

The inspiration for this came from  a joke how to simulate Navy Shipboard Life at sea. http://www.midwaysailor.com/military/shiplife.html

2020 note I originally wrote this almost  10 years ago. I decided to revise this in the light many con postponed or  canceled because of the of the  Coronavirus

 

  1. Rearrange furniture, in the bedroom place one bed, couch, and TV; this is the hotel room. Designate other areas for panels. Because of Stay at homes will be phones or laptops showing YouTube panels.  The required simulation events are opening and closing ceremonies, one fursuiting 101 panels, and optional furry sexuality panel at night. Be sure to schedule at least six virtual panels. At the start of  the simulation flip the start of panel one with panel six and cancel panel three. Start panel four  15 minutes late and run into the time slotted for panel five.

 

  1. Invite three other friends to join along; one of the friends must not bathe during the simulation weekend. Unless they are your roommates, you may use Zoom or skype.

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Washington Examiner Hypes RBCC Comment and Gets it Wrong

The Washington Examiner turned a molehill into a mountain based on a single word in a RNCC Tweet.  One can ask was necessary for the NRCC to throw out the furry word.  Still this much ado about nothing. I find the Washington Examiner more at fault by twisting the RNCC post. Second the Examiner  paints a distorted and inaccurate  overused media statement that  Furries area subculture that dress up in animal costumes and  for twisting  of the Fur Science 2011 data out of context.

“A number of studies have demonstrated that some of those interested in furry fandom view the subculture as a sexual fetish as well. According to a 2011 study by the Anthropomorphic Research Project, one-third of furries interviewed said that “sexual attraction to the content in the fandom is an important part of their furry participation.” The author of the story  gave a poor  attempt of a apology on Twitter.

Better would be the 2018 statement on sexuality

“This is in line with several other findings from past studies suggesting that, despite the perception by many of furry as a fetish, for most furries this is not the case, though furries may themselves be prone to erroneously believing this stereotype about other furries. It should also be noted that this is not to say that there are not furries for whom the fandom is a fetish – prior research suggests that this is likely the case for about 5-10% of the furry fandom. Nor is there anything wrong with furry being a fetish for these folks. Instead, we are simply pointing out that it would be inaccurate to categorize furries as a group as being fetish-based, as it would be describing the group as a whole based on a minority within the group.” 1.

If anything good, the mainstream press has ignored this story.

I still find fault with RNCC. There are very good reasons to oppose Beto O Rouke, why bring up furry and twist him wearing a mask as part of a band.

 

Now let say for the record, I became a Furry during the peak of my involvement with the Republican Party (i.e. before Trump). My Fursona is a more conservative than I am, and a Republican Black Bear.    I often joke around wanting to be the highest ranking elected Furry Republican and my favorite comic strip is Mallard Fillmore a comic about an anthropomorphic conservative Duck.  I see this as just silliness to bring up furry as something negative.

  1. Anthrocon 2018 study

CNN does fury

Let me preference what I going to post with a quote and a statement:

Some time ago, Commentator Dennis Prager said about TV news is the news is not reporting the facts but commentary with pictures. Second, I always thought about the modern news media is that the narrative is already written, the media is just looking for the actors.

With above in mind, this is Life with Lisa Ling “Furry Nation”, billed as inside a misunderstood culture. The story is a touching human-interest story that falls short of its main goal because of CNN’s bias reporting by injecting old stereotypes of furries are people who dress up in animal costumes and have mental health issues.  Not all have fursuits or struggle with mental health issues and only about 20% of furries own fursuits.  For many the fandom is not a crutch but a means of expressing creativity.

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Furvana 2019 Something is Not Adding Up.

We just got the announcement of Furvana 2019 will be held not at Seattle but  at Ocean Shores  Convention center some 133 miles south of Seattle and 166 miles North of Portland. Ocean Shores is a small resort town. You can look at the convention center to see there not much to look at.

The reason in a twitter post explains why Ocean Shores and not a big city hotel or something on the I-5 corroder near Seattle:

From Twitter. I left out the poster.

To me the explanation comes across as political spin.

One reason a poster to Twitter said, is Furry Fandom  is still tarnish in Seattle, yet this has not stopped Anthro Nw obtaining hotel convention space last year. The only thing tarnish is RAIn.  Now let us remember Rain has been touting Furvana at an open meeting at Furlandia 2018. The Panel describes it as a new Seattle area furcon not mid Washington Coast furcon.  This makes me wonder about the claim Rain is not involved and if Seattle convention space providers will have nothing to do with them.  RAIn has some serious trusts issues that make them hard to find space in Seattle.