Welcome to Semantic Shenanigans!

Welcome to Semantic Shenanigans!

Welcome! We are so glad you could join us.

We are unabashed fan girls and have been so ever since we were wee squeeing kids.

Thank you to Busy Little Beaver Productions for getting us started!


Welcome to Semantic Shenanigans!

The Law is an Alien

We have noticed, over the years, that fandoms of all sorts are continuously colliding with the legal system. Cosplayers are bothered at conventions. Artists violation copyright, or see their own intellectual property infringed upon. Fan fiction writers wonder whether a disclaimer will save them. Songwriters hear one thing, write another, but are hauled into court anyway. YouTube issues take down notices. Conventions get ugly. Stars are arrested. Corporate IP holders merge. Or they engage in proxy shareholder fights or struggle to gain control of the board of directors.

Fandom, for your Grade

Fandoms are also the subject of scholarship. Because what fans do and write and dress up as can reflect any manner of personal idiosyncrasies. Fans demonstrate innermost urges with slash or Mary Sues. They engage in alpha nerding oneupmanship. Or maybe they just want to have some fun.

We look at how fandom crashes into both of these areas. In addition, we blog and podcast about how these encounters affect all of society. We do our best to break down the legalese. It can often sound just like an alien dialect. We go past the news articles and the rumors in order to bring you a fresher perspective on what is really going on. Also, we express our opinions on how we think it will affect the future of fandom, and of society at large. Since a music case can affect books. Because a cosplayer in Norway can inspire someone in New Zealand. Especially relevant, writing fan fiction can provide inspiration and guidance and practice for an aspiring author.

A Message to You. Yeah, You!

Along the way, we know we will learn a lot from you. And we hope to make friends. Because we have known each other for years, first as fellow fan fiction writers. We are eager to get to know you as well.

Welcome to our world.

Janet Gershen-Siegel

Jespah (Janet Gershen-Siegel) has been a fan of Star Trek since probably the first set of reruns of The Original Series. She has an eclectic background, including an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, a JD (she practiced insurance defense law for a few years in New York and is a lot happier since she retired from that in 1990), and a MS in Interactive Media, which is a real-live social media degree. Along the way, she has about a decade and a half of data analysis work under her belt and currently works as a blog coordinator for a high-end wedding blog and also as a blogger for hire (topics include diverse subjects like ad retargeting but also the nursing job market), and has a shingle out to work on social media presence, with a focus on independent authors as she is also a published science fiction author. Plus, she has been a community manager for a large Q & A website since 2002, which is before that existed as a job title. She was raised on Long Island so, when she is riled up, the accent gallops back out and she can sound like Fran Drescher with a law degree. She lives in Boston with her husband of over 30 years and more computers than they need. She can always be bribed with pie.

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