something I was gonna comment on that Fyre Festival post but it kind of became its own huge rant:
I’ve seen LOOOOOOOOOTS of folks joking/comparing this shitshow to Dashcon but like… when Dashcon went to shit you just had a bunch of young folks (largely LGBT+ Midwestern nerd kids) trying to help each other out.
A big part of the rallying for donations to “keep the con going”, that you don’t hear about often because it isn’t so easy to make jokes about, is that word at the time was that artists affiliated with the con were going to get booted out of their hotel rooms onto the street if the con was cancelled. (I don’t know if this was actually true. As with many things about that con, I’ve heard conflicting reports. But it was widely believed enough to drive many of the donations.)
After that? We went back to our disrupted panels and had fun as well as we could. ( @markdoesstuff comes to mind, his panels were a definite high point to that weekend.) Except for the artists there who made a portion of their living off cons, not a lot of folks there who could afford to go to things like this often. It would be a waste to chalk the whole thing up to a loss. Those of us who couldn’t stand the atmosphere of the place that wronged us anymore largely went off and hung out with our newfound friends elsewhere. Dashcon is infamous as a failure, and rightly so, but it really sticks with me how the oft-maligned “teenage girl” con crowd still managed to salvage the parts that weren’t directly ruined by poor management.
Not to make it sound like we were complacent with what happened. Of course, we were angry. Of course, many complaints were made to the management of the con for what happened… but I didn’t see a single person rioting or otherwise taking it out on innocent fellow congoers or panelists.
In that light, the comparison becomes way more damning for the entitled rich folks setting their tents on fire.