Shaun’s Rambles 009: On the #HugoAwards and #SadPuppies


The Hugos are over, but the controversy isn’t over.  In this episode, I talk about the results of the 2015 Hugo Awards and how the Sad Puppies have irreparably harmed whatever good message they had.  It’s not an exhaustive discussion, but it’s one I wanted to start while I had time.

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Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

2 thoughts on “Shaun’s Rambles 009: On the #HugoAwards and #SadPuppies

  1. I have considerable statistics training and independently arrived at the same conclusion that Chaos Horizon did.

    There was a hard core 2,500 votes against anything nominated, regardless of quality, by one group.

    The interpretation of the motivations of the 2,500 hard core votes depends on your point of view. I look at it as lock-step coordinated voting against nominations made by the “wrong fans.” Chaos Horizon interprets this as a hard core vote against “slate voting that followed the existing rules.” But the 2,500 lock-step voting behavior is clear from the data itself.

    • Your use of the phrase “lock step” assumes a bias which the data does not provide. They voted the same. That does not mean they were in “lock step.” That term would imply organization. How organized the voter ship was is unclear. That they voted “no” is clear. They rejected the slate en mass. Why isn’t defined. It’s likely a combination.

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