Backwater Archives

Brianna Bullen   She logged into her domain, an archive threatening to extinguish itself under its own over-stimulated, under-filtered information swarms. Pottering around for a minute, hyperlink diving, she quickly restrained herself and closed the browser. There was a subtle art to hyperlink diving: an arc into its deep data, not a plonk. A chosen…

Follicle

CB Harvey                 You’re absolutely sure? The whole beard? Such a shame. You just don’t see ‘em like this anymore. But, you know. You’re the boss. Snip snip. Snip snip. Honestly, don’t feel you need to talk. Just stare impassively into the mirror, thinking your private thoughts. That’s…

Mr. Plinkett and 21st-Century Star Wars Fandom

 Dan Hassler-Forest   On October 3, 2016, a good nine months after Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens premiered to enormous popular success and critical acclaim, Mr. Plinkett finally released his eagerly awaited video review of the sci-fi blockbuster. The 105-minute video essay, released simultaneously on various online video platforms, ratcheted up nearly 1.5…

Cosplay Rey: Intergenerational fandom and the importance of play at the 2016 Star Wars Celebration, London.

Emma Pett Attending large-scale fan conventions has never particularly appealed to me. Big crowds. Confined spaces. Long queues. Getting up at the crack of dawn to join said queues. Rampant commercial exploitation. The list is endless, and significantly compounded by the fact that I am not overly inclined towards collecting stuff. It was with a…