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So I found this article when googling myself, I'm not sure if this is some internet troll or if this is legit or what: http://schadenfreudeanslip.com/2014/09/23/call-it-a-ritual-call-it-whatever-you-will/

At first the author seems really mean but after reading it i'm not sure what to think

help?

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Its quite humorous actually.   Summing up the article, its an honest assesment of our furry fandom from an outsider.  I'd sum up the entire article into "sensory overload -->  processing information --> assimilation"

I enjoyed reading it.

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Obvious troll is obvious.

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Unlike ByCats4Cats, I did not enjoy the article.  First, look at the site name.  Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. This word is taken from German and literally means 'Harm-Joy.' It is the feeling of joy or pleasure when one sees another fail or suffer misfortune.  (Quoted from Wikipedia.)  That alone should give an indication of the author's bias: he wants to see the bad side and to make everyone else seem to be a failure.

First:  The argument that Pittsburgh only likes us for our money.  Even if that's true, so what?  Philadelphia (my birthplace) didn't like us enough to even make an effort to keep us after the Adam's Mark shut down.  Pittsburgh made that effort, and continues to do so.  The author implies that the people wandering around outside the DLLCC are confused by us, ignoring the fact that many of them have deliberately gone to the DLLCC to see and photograph us.

Second:  He reports only on the fursuiters, ignoring the 80% of attendees who are not suited.  This omission again indicates bias.

Third: His complaints about the registration wait indicate that he's never been to any convention that has an attendance of more than 100 to 200 people.  In short, whatever HE likes is not popular with many other people.  What does that say about him?  Also, note the bias in how he describes the registrars... and almost everyone else involved with the convention.  I guess he only goes to body-builder pose-offs.

Fourth: a notable omission.  While he insults the appearance of the female GOH in 2013, Mercedes Lackey, he says nothing about another author who was also present front-and-center that year: Peter S. Beagle.  Perhaps he couldn't find a convincing way to insult a man whose second novel, The Last Unicorn, has remained in print constantly for fifty years.

Sixth:  I wish he HAD spent the time to talk to some of the other dealers, specifically Rabbi Tom.  It's apparent that he made an ass-umption of what he would get: a Hassidic Jew instead of the gun-totin' conservative that Jim Groat is in reality.  Judgment without investigation.

Seventh:  Reporting rumor as fact.  The VIF rooms on the fourth floor of the DLLCC where you can cool off and, he implies, possibly get it on!  While there are Fursuit Headless Zones where fursuiters can cool off, there are no rooms to get it on...  As a matter of fact, there aren't even any Headless Zones on the fourth floor of the DLLCC, just a few, relatively small, meeting rooms.  Something he would have known if he'd bothered to check.  (Were we even using the fourth floor rooms of the DLLCC in 2013?  I don't remember.)

Eighth:  His implication that the Artist Alley is set up with its (admittedly) arcane payment method is to ensure that Anthrocon gets its five percent of sales.  He's so ignorant of the laws in his own state (okay, Commonwealth) that he doesn't realize that every person in Artist Alley would have had to get Pennsylvania Tax certification before selling anything in the state.   This method was set up so that Anthrocon was the selling agency, relieving the artists from having to keep detailed records of their sales to report them later to the state to pay the sales tax.  Proof?  Simple.  This method was set up years before Anthrocon started to collect their 5%.

Sorry, folks. With this much inaccuracy and obvious bias, it's difficult to find valid points in the article.  He claims he was almost bumped into by a furry on wheels and he attributes that to the limited vision in fursuits.  Okay, that I can believe. If he's telling the truth about having to present a credit card even though he's paying in cash after showing photo ID, that appears excessive to me.  (I pre-register, so I don't go through at-the-door registration.)

TL:DR:  Lots of bias backed up with few facts.

Or, as Xydexx put it so succintly above me, obvious troll is obvious.

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The VIF rooms on the fourth floor of the DLLCC where you can cool off and, he implies, possibly get it on! [...] (Were we even using the fourth floor rooms of the DLLCC in 2013? I don't remember.)

Yes (but the "article" actually refers to the third floor); I had noted that I wasn't impressed with the room used for the auctions since it wasn't amenable to runners, and I'm still not, but it doesn't really matter now.

I'd like to know why it took him till 9/23/14 to post about AC 2013, and he could use some instruction on avoiding huge paragraphs (I thought I was bad...).

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I apologize for the misrepresentation of what he said.  However, I don't feel too bad about it when I consider how much misrepresentation he showed about the con.

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I stopped reading at this line:

Anthrocon, the world’s largest, and as far as I can tell, only, Furry convention.

Anyone who can't be bothered to spend 5 seconds goggling furry coventions isn't worth wasting time on.

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I got through only the first two paragraphs, and i can already tell the author of that article is a complete douchebag. And as Bigsiouxwolf stated, he classifies AC as the only existing fur con in the world. That'd be like saying "With Las Vegas being a major gambling city, Las Vegas is the only city in the world that has casinos". How brain-dead do you have to be to make these types of assumptions?

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Well, if someone wants to stand in line to buy a membership to Anthrocon and write this.. well, that's $60 we can spend on making everyone else's day happier. Thanks for the money!

And, as I think everyone's covered the salient points here )Obvious troll is obvious, etc) I think we can lock thissa thread, rather than give the troll any further attention.

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