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So I started to take a survey about Sherlock Holmes fans. By someone who claims to be in touch with the culture and who claims to be doing this under the aegis of a school for academic reasons.

I say "started" because halfway through, with no assurance that I'd get to speak my piece at any point, I quit in outrage. If there is any academic overlooking this project, they need to put down the crack pipe right this minute.

So. Sherlock Holmes survey. No distinguishing between versions of Sherlock Holmes, just "Sherlock Holmes." That's quite the range, considering the books, movies, TV adaptations, radio plays, cartoons, parodies, etc. No, I most certainly do not "feel what the characters are feeling" when I read the Victorian-era stories. In many cases, I feel several of the characters need a clue bat upside the head, is what I feel.

No distinguishing between passively consuming whatever media and fannish participation. I am not a different person because I read Sherlock Holmes or watch Doctor Who. I am a different person because I participate in fan culture overall and that's a MAJOR difference. The actual media drawing me into the culture is negligible and changeable.

No option for "I read the stories because they are entertaining." Seriously, not even an option. Nope, I was asked to choose between the stories making me think, making me meditate upon society, making me reflect on myself as a person and other gobsmacking bullshit. The. Man. Wrote. Potboilers. For. Money. In other bad news for the literary academic, Shakespeare *also* wrote for money and stuffed his work full of dick jokes. Including the tragedies.

When I reached the page that asked me how in touch I was with my feelings, how important I felt it was for me to be in touch with my feelings, whether I thought people in general would be better off in touch with their feelings... well, I thought it was long past time to bail on the bullshit and come vent my feelings instead.

Date: 2016-06-30 12:38 am (UTC)
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....aaaaaaaaaaaaand that's what happens when an academic designs a survey for the purpose of providing data to support their thesis.

Date: 2016-06-30 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah. Probably someone's Master's thesis, and their advisor really dropped the ball.

I love Sherlock Holmes. I've read through the ACD canon several times (except a few stories that really irritate me). Sometimes they make me think deeply, but basically? I read them because I enjoy them. That's all.

Date: 2016-06-30 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They're literary popcorn. Doyle was right to consider them merely light entertainment.

Date: 2016-06-30 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah. I suppose we as fans should be grateful that this is about fee-fees and not Women R Oppressed And That's Why They Write Teh Buttsexxx a la Bacon.

In retrospect I become even more fond of Jenkins, who simply cataloged observed behaviors and didn't try to psychoanalyze our deeper inner selves.

Date: 2016-06-30 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
When academics go bad...(shutter)

Henry's work has stood the test of time, gotta admit.

Date: 2016-06-30 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Henry remembered two vital points that so many other academics forget:
1) We can hear you
2) There are as many credentialed sociologists inside fandom as outside

Date: 2016-07-01 12:30 am (UTC)
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Oh. My. God.

I am reminded of a class Bill took in college, that had something to do with politics, theoretically, but mostly featured them all sitting in a circle in the middle of the room holding hands and meditating. I don't think that professor quite had the same idea about what constituted a politics class as Bill did.

I suspect the same is true for whoever wrote that survey. Except with Sherlock Holmes, instead of politics.)

Where did you find this survey?

Date: 2016-07-01 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*sigh* It was heavily featured at Scintillation of Scions because the couple behind it is a fannish powerhouse. I kind of feel bad about ranting about it. But what else is LJ for? :)

Date: 2016-07-01 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cat memes. Obviously, cat memes. :)

Date: 2016-07-01 02:02 am (UTC)
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Just based on what you've said, if this were a student research design in one of my classes, I'd fail it.


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