A new post from Brian Niemeier who is, as they like to say, “doubling down” on his vote strategy for the Dragon Awards: www.brianniemeier.com/2017/08/a-true-culture-warrior.html
Everything goes into the kitchen sink there but luckily we are spared suggestions that demonic forces are at work. The main target being, of course, John Scalzi. Of course, what Brian forgets is that while he may be absolutely desperate to win a Dragon Award, John Scalzi really couldn’t give two shits about it.
Hence: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2017/08/07/withdrawing-from-the-dragon-awards-2017/ Neatly done John. Withdrawing from the awards costs John Scalzi *nothing* and helps reduce the total amount of nonsense in the world by a tiny amount – at least until Brian N picks a different target.
Now I have no doubt that Brian will now spin this as a major victory and in a sense, it is once we look at the objectives:
- John Scalzi doesn’t want a Dragon Award.
- Brian Niemeier really, really, really wants another one.
So, it really is a win-win for both of them. Ah, but what about the supposed SJW plot to “converge” the Dragon Awards? As I’ve pointed out to Brian if there is a plot, it isn’t one that I know anything about.
But is it really, really a win-win for everybody? Well not quite. Firstly, if Brian Niemeier does win he does so against a diminished field. Secondly, the Dragon Awards, in general, lose out if major authors decide they would rather not participate. Even the relatively more benign Sad Puppies suffered from a substantial toxic-brand syndrome, much of it from the perceived association with the Rabid Puppies. Considering many of the people associated with these campaigns (including in the Scrappy Doos) see themselves as marketing gurus, you would think they would have spotted by now that the kind of conflict-marketing has the down side of creating a negative brand image. In this case that toxic brand issue becomes associated with the Dragon Awards itself.
And here is where we get to the ultimate irony: Vox Day and people emulating Vox Day implementing their own Xanatos-gambit, “convergence” strategy against themselves and the Dragon Awards. In their heads, they see at as not being able to lose because:
- Either they win a category, in which case they can claim victory or…
- If a more trad-publishing book wins in which case they can claim evil conspiracies by sinister SJWs plotting against them.
- If next cycle, Dragon Con tries to improve the way the awards work or the reputation of the awards, then this will be spun as evidence of SJW machinations and be more grist for the grievance machine.
Whereas, in reality, unless some of the books they hate *win* and they recognise the legitimacy of the win, then they undermine the brand and reputation of the Dragon Awards. That brand is already very fragile. If people see it as purely an award for Castalia House books (or similar) then, who aside from the existing fan base will want to participate?
Brian is Xanatos Gambiting the very branch of a tree he is sitting on. Meanwhile, MY victory condition has already been achieved – it was: “have a topic to write on my blog today”. Game, set, match 😉