Something about net.goths, and drama? Did I hear that correctly? I may have gotten too much sun and fresh air.
I was trying to give a precis of the current situation to critus
, along with a thumbnail of how Mac and I had "our Convergence throw-down" back in the day[tm] (this here is, of course, me speaking as me, not as the mouthpiece for Ybor, though my opinions certainly inform my actions as such):
While the old-school core contingent has always been a.g. (and the places the core a.g. crowd hangs out together now that there's more to life than usenet & IRC), some social accretion has occurred to grow the invested populace. Goths, and net.goths, were already marginalized; being excessively exclusionary isn't the point (you just need to be wired and not an irredeemable jackass... at least be a jackass with a couple redeeming qualities. I mean, look no further Mac and me. ;-)).However
, the event itself
has mutated into something that, while not anathema to its original purpose, is no longer treating that purpose as its main reason for being
, which means the Gothapalooza approach to Convergence needs to die ("in a fire" not implied, but not ruled out).
The Ybor bid reflects this sensibility.
Quick poll, for anyone who wants to play along. Think about all the Convergences you've attended. Pick out your favorite moment or moments from each one. Now... how many of those are directly related to the scheduled events?
Me? I've been to eight C*'s, and the *only* time something the Committee arranged makes my list is when Voltaire introduced PFM.... and that's only because I assumed when he said, "He sang Ziggy Stardust
," that ZOMG DAVID FUCKING BOWIE was about to walk onstage. Every
other one of my Greatest Hits of Convergence had nothing to do with any of the formal events, and everything
to do with the people I was there to hang out with, whether it was singing gospel songs at 2am or running up a ludicrous bar tab or infesting a hot tub.
People make the event; the event doesn't make itself.
Some folks seem to have forgotten this.
Successfully submitting a bid, in the right place and at the right time, is not
difficult. The directions are crossposted fetishistically every year, and it's not like they're complicated or obtuse.
Heck, Angel wrote ours in ten minutes (we have a two-beer rule for bid proposals around these parts - they have to be thought up after two, and can't take longer than drinking two to type up); we're not anyone's idea of serious web designers. At last check, being a web designer had no crossover skill with throwing a good party (which isn't to say they're mutually exclusive; photos from the Suite of Doom at C10 can attest to mpeace
's party co-facilitating acumen, and she web geeks for a living).
The current flap over the disqualification of potential bids is, well... pointless.
This has nothing whatsoever to do with voter-registration ballot-stuffing campaigns (I'm looking at you, Dallas Committee - you couldn't even be bothered to post your bid to alt.gothic or speak up in your own defense? Shame on you.) or any conspiracy on the part of the c*b*l.
Damn few things in life are fair; the fact that there is such a hue and cry when a process that everyone
(even a certain flightless asshat) has been able to understand for the best part of a decade is conveniently ignored by one bid (and, granting the benefit of the doubt, honestly misunderstood by another) says something sad about the larger world. Rules should matter. Breaking them has consequences.
Honestly, until a certain prominent member of the C13 committee (and presumed tight accomplice to the Dallas committee) went completely off the handle and outed himself as a complete jackass... I'd read over Dallas' bid and liked it. I wouldn't have minded losing to them in a fair fight. I wouldn't have minded coming in a distant third to Hollywood & Dallas both... in a fair fight
. I have one vote, to cast as I please.
But the thing of it was.... this year, if the disqualified bids had gotten their way, it wasn't going to be
a fair fight. And, because there are consequences for breaking rules, now there's no fight at all. And ... that's okay.
We've made our point. Convergence has
jumped the shark.
It's time for it to be about the people again. And now it will.
 circa C5, if anyone cares