Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Here at “The Alternate Reality” we indulge in a weekly round table discussion/good natured debate of cool comics, movies, TV and other pop culture related foolishness. Recorded in the heart of beautiful downtown Mount Greenwood at the Alternate Reality Studio Center, “The Alternate Reality” is hosted by our regular contributors of south-sides sages and the occasional guest. We’re coming to you weekly so give us a listen at the player link below, or click here to download.

Jul 20, 2016

The Fundamental Foursome are joined by returning guests Adam and Bozena and they discuss gatekeepers in fandom. What’s a Gatekeeper? Someone with arcane knowledge of some subject which others of a similar interest desire. If you’ve ever been to a movie before the rest of your friends and they seek you out for the hidden knowledge of that film-then you’ve been a Gatekeeper. This translates across all aspects of fandom and can be either “sad or luxurious” depending on how the Gatekeeper chooses to wield that knowledge. A Gatekeeper can either let you in or keep you out, so beware abusive Gatekeepers!

Topics Discussed Include: Abusive fandom, how not to ask for a job at a comic book store, comic shops as “sanctuaries”, the changing nature of comic book acceptance, proving your Gatekeeper cred, the internet breeding false superiority and mis-information, diversity pandering, how the internet has changed the talent/fan dynamic, fans being more accepting of other fan disciplines and more.

This week’s SAD or LUXURIOUS: Kilts