Friday News: Net Neutrality ruling, fan fiction goes to college, more comics come to TV, and women of the Harlem Renaissance
Clyburn, Google, and consumer advocacy groups told Wheeler that language classifying a business relationship between ISPs and Web services as a common carrier service could give ISPs grounds to charge online content providers for access to their networks. This language was removed, but service that ISPs offer to home and business Internet users was still reclassified as a common carrier service. FCC officials believe this classification alone gives them power to enforce net neutrality rules and oversee network interconnection disputes that affect consumers.
Internet service providers such as Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon lobbied heavily against the Title II decision and could sue to overturn the rules. But Wheeler believes Title II puts the FCC on stronger legal ground. The FCC previously passed net neutrality rules in 2010, relying on some of its weaker authority, but the rules were largely overturned after a Verizon lawsuit. –Ars Technica
This Daily Dot piece, written by one of the fanfic authors, argues that even though fanfic is posted in a public space, it’s essentially a private community activity, and that privacy should be respected. From an academic perspective, of course, all legitimate literary material is fair game for analysis, but with fanfic, its complex legal status legitimately makes some authors feel protective of the insularity of community spaces with certain shared assumptions about how the work will be referenced and distributed. Especially if stories were being reproduced and handed out to students. As the undergraduate instructor is a fan fiction reader herself, she may have been able to find some authors who would provide their work for the course, which also would have solved the problem of critical commentary. Still, the backlash was REALLY extensive and often pretty enraged.
Unfortunately, the damage was already done. Disgruntled readers rebelled against the idea of outsiders blundering into their community, and a Tumblr post detailing the situation racked up 8,000 notes overnight. Then someone suggested emailing the supervisor who supposedly signed off on the class, and one of the student teachers wound up apologizing and deleting her personal fanfic account because of the backlash. She’d been drummed out of the very community she wanted to share with her students. Hardly an ideal outcome for anyone involved, and hopefully not one that will be repeated in future. –Daily Dot
As their MCM is expanding into television, Fraction and DeConnick have hired Lauren Sankovitch as Managing Editor. One of the first projects the company is developing under the Uni TV deal is an adaptation of the Eisner Award- and Harvey Award-winning comic Sex Criminals, created by Fraction with partner Chip Zdarsky. Image Comics’ Sex Criminals, named the best comic of the year in 2013 by Time magazine, centers on a female librarian and male actor who discover they can freeze time when they orgasm. –Deadline
I’ll keep this brief: we know too little about the women of the Harlem Renaissance. The more I look into these poets, writers, dramatists, essayists, critics, social critics, young adult writers, and editors, the more astounded I am at their range and literary output. These women writers run the gamut of political perspectives, editorial and aesthetic approaches, and backgrounds and nationalities. Yet they all converged to create one of the richest periods in American literary history. Here’s to learning more, and please, if I’ve made any mistakes or omissions, include your notes in the comments. –Flavorwire