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Saturday, October 20th, 2007

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9:04a
Another Troubling Sign
In the ongoing discussion of UFC uninviting Peter David, one of the latest comments (Posted by Anonymous at October 20, 2007 06:04 AM; I don't see any way to link directly to it) sums up the attitude that, if carried to its logical conclusion, would mean the death of conventions as I know them:
People with any common sense at all do not volunteer their time to run a convention for free.
Okay, yes, joke all you want about how obviously fans have no common sense, then come back and consider this seriously. This person more or less is saying that volunteering is Bad, and you should only do things if you are Getting Paid. Think what the implications of this are. As I commented there, if that becomes the prevailing attitude, then you can say goodbye to most of the genre conventions in favor of a handful of Creation-type shows.

Remember, I've encountered people at conventions who believe this completely. They're convinced that folks like me are making Big Bucks, because nobody would ever work to organize these events unless they were Getting Paid. And when I say that it's non-profit, I'm a volunteer, and the books are open, they do the wink-wink-nudge-nudge thing and say that of course we're lying so we can hide the money from the IRS. Like all good conspiracy theories, it's impossible to disprove, because all proof is part of the cover-up.

Current Mood: annoyed

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