Effingham-sensei, I agree with your assessment of the situation. I, too, believe that authenticity (and the educational portion of things that go withMessage 1 of 57 , Nov 2, 2008View SourceEffingham-sensei,
I agree with your assessment of the situation.
I, too, believe that authenticity (and the educational portion of things that go with it) can be quite fun. One gets out of the SCA what one puts into the SCA.
I believe I can shed some light on the source of this "argument", though. There is a page in the Known World Handbook that compares and contrasts those who are in the SCA for fun and those who are in it for the authenticity... and ways to "deal with each other" so everyone has a good time. According to a few people that I've talked to, that page has been in there for years and years. The page is written using the mentality of that old candy commercial ("You got peanut butter in my chocolate!" "You got chocolate in my peanut butter!"), and in my opinion it creates the oil-and-water "authenticity OR fun" concept for those who read it.
My two yen worth,
- Imagawa Tadamori
--- On Sun, 11/2/08, Anthony Bryant <anthony_bryant@...> wrote:
From: Anthony Bryant <anthony_bryant@...>
Subject: [SCA-JML] Fun vs authenticity: the false dichotomy
Date: Sunday, November 2, 2008, 4:11 PM
I constantly am amazed that people put the argument down as "authentic
vs. fun" -- that is a false comparison. They aren't even on the same
The axes are:
fun ------------ not-fun
authentic ------------ - inauthentic.
Authentic and inauthentic *BOTH* can be fun, just as BOTH can be not-
The fact is, I see people making the "authentic vs. fun" argument seem
to be on the inauthentic side of things, so "authentic" becomes a
challenge to them, that they can't have fun if someone tells them
something is wrong. Well, the authenticity people seem to be having a
damned good time, so I don't think THEY believe "authentic isn't fun."
I just want to smack heads when I see people make that argument. It's
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I live in the kingdom whose members include Japanese-Americans and native Japanese. I have the duty and the honor of attempting to portray a Japanese lady in aMessage 57 of 57 , Nov 2, 2008View SourceI live in the kingdom whose members include Japanese-Americans and
I have the duty and the honor of attempting to portray a Japanese lady
in a manner that honors their heritage and does not give offense. I am
deeply touched and honored by the positive response I have received
from them - and I have a growing, much treasured collection of cell
phone charms that one gentleman from the Barony of the Far West keeps
adding to every time he visits the US. (He has, in turn, been made a
Companion of the Order of the Cheerful Monkey.)
Saionji no Hanae