Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Combatting Hugo Despair

John Scalzi's post today about this year's Hugo Awards is a good read, especially for anyone who is showing signs of giving in to Hugo Despair, characterized by saying, "The Awards are permanently ruined, they're done, they can never be repaired, let's scrap them completely and go crawl into bed and cry."

In one of his replies later in to that post, Scalzi compared the Puppies to graffiti vandals. That's a good analogy, and I replied over there and am repeating it here.

  1. If you don't clean up graffiti, it typically spreads.

  2. Cleaning up graffiti is hard work.

  3. It is easier, when you see graffiti defacing something nice, to say, "Oh, what a shame. I loved that once, but now it's defaced, so I guess we'd better abandon it" than to break out the scrub brushes and solvent and to organize the community to help clean it up.

  4. Initially, when you clean up graffiti, it's not unusual for the vandals to consider it a nice clean slate for their next attack.

  5. If you consistently clean up graffiti attacks, after a while the vandals discover that almost nobody ever sees their works of destruction, and eventually they will give up and go away because they stop getting any egoboo out of defacing things.

My position with the Hugo Awards, the World Science Fiction Convention, and the World Science Fiction Society? Well, I'm putting on my coveralls, buying some heavy duty scrub brushes, picking up the box of old rags, and rummaging around in the garage for that industrial-sized can of solvent I know we had in there somewhere. Looks like it's going to be a long summer, but I'll be darned if I let vandals burn down my town without a fight.
Tags: business meeting, hugo awards, worldcon, wsfs

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