isitandwonder reblogged your post and added:
So much this @northray! Creators already control…
I didn’t know that they had already tried this!! It makes sense, though. They have been trying to both engage AND control the conversation for several years now.
Its the one thing I wish I could get famous people to understand about social media (and cons, too, really): If you choose to engage with fans, you have to accept the consequences. The real world is NOT your show! You don’t get to control the story or determine the ending, and you have to understand that not everyone loves or agrees with you. If you WANT to get out there and soak up the adoration of the polite, well-behaved fans, then you might have to put up with a certain number of also polite but dissenting or questioning fans…or fans who may actually know more about your source material than you do who think you blew it! Or fans who are writers or academics who have educated opinions about your work. AND, yes, you might get some of the angry fans with abusive tendencies or the inappropriate ones who don’t know where the boundaries are and start thinking you are their best friend for reelz. If you choose to engage, you are gonna get the whole mixed bag and it is really beyond childish to simply declare that you don’t like the game anymore so you are going to change the rules. Creators and performers have the right to ask fans for basic civility, and you know, Twitter lets you block people. And cons have always had ways of dealing with the bad apples. Asking all fans to pay for a half-assed experience is pretty lame.
I understand why Moffat abandoned Twitter. He was getting a lot of really awful stuff–which behaviour I do NOT condone at all–and I don’t blame him for quitting. But he also got a lot of people asking really reasonable, polite questions about things they didn’t understand or didn’t like, too, and he often treated those fans the same as the awful ones. Not cool. And not cool to endorse a huge, very expensive “fan” event and then muzzle those who attend.
Honestly, I don’t feel sorry for those who are going to Sherlocked anymore than I felt sorry for myself when I went. I had plenty of great experiences (OMG I met Ben!!!), and I’m sure they will too. I just think it is sad that this is a trend we are seeing more of. And I don’t think it is because fans are “crazier.” I think it is because we are demanding BETTER content (and, frankly, making more of our own) and mainstream media creators resent like hell that we have the audacity to think we know what we want.
One edit: I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it if all this cloak and dagger/control-freak stuff was in aid of a longer game ( a secret special, a corrective S5, etc.). I have kind of lost my faith, but to those of you who are holding out hope–go for it! I sincerely hope you are right <3