“Having a Pulp Rev website signals cliquishness akin to what the Superversives suffer from. Outsiders will see a website and assume that the Pulp Rev is the website and the website is the Pulp Rev, and people not writing for the website are not part of the movement. It’s a perception thing. Just as a singular Superversive site dominates the Superversive movement and potentially stifles its growth, a PulpRev website could do the same.”
PulpRev.com has issued an open welcome to its Discord. Anyone that has asked to contribute to the website has been welcomed with open arms. PulpRev.com has, from the start, emphasized its openness to not only authors, but also blog writers, critics, artists, and readers. As a community, PulpRev.com can’t be more open at this point. It was named after the movement for that very reason, to bring PulpRev fans together. And upon entering the PulpRev Discord it will be clear there are no gatekeepers. Cirsova was listed as a member of the Discord before I joined. Yes, the website itself could make it more clear with a disclaimer, but no one has yet come up with a disclaimer that is succinct enough to stand both as a disclaimer and a welcome. Only those with the initiative make things happen around here.
Perhaps the real concern is quality control. He goes on to discuss the difference between brands and movements. The real difference between the two is ownership. With ownership you have quality control. You control not only the quality of the product but also the quality people associated with your product. You also control the direction. No one can sell merchandise you think isn’t worthy of the brand. No one can make a podcast with poor audio under your brand. Please read the Cirsova article if you haven't already to understand those references.
Anyone in a movement has a right to be concerned about infiltrators, new folks giving the movement a bad name, or folks who are just counter productive. And every movement has to deal with those problems. This is where the movement really takes shape though, in how they handle it. It might be scary to think of it all going in the wrong direction after putting so much of your own sweat into it. Yes, I get it. I also want to make it clear I harbor no ill will and have taken no offense from this warning or any previous warnings. Everyone gets to have their say and share their opinions to push the movement in the direction they desire.Yes they are power plays, but aren’t all expressed opinions in some sense a power play to persuade? I also believe it's important to come out and say what you really mean in a professional manner.
Everyone is working on growing the movement right now. It's still so small, we have't had to address even a bad apple. We're here for open and honest conversations, not only on this site but every site associated with PulpRev.
Disclaimer: This isn't the first time the PulpRev T shirts have come up and I am responsible for them.