Underrated furry news sources
by Patch O'Furr
So, you want to know what’s up in furry news. There’s that site from the dog with holographic pants, but it’s blabbing about obscure art movies and being too sexy to handle. There’s that site that smells like carrots, but their comment section is toxic waste. Maybe there’s a more respectable site ready to grow. Hmm… nothing but a merchandising front here, and a spam blog there… why hasn’t this need been solved yet?
Writers have lives, and fandom won’t pay for 1/10th of the cost for ones willing to slave over a hot keyboard all day. Social media can make reach, but has negatives like users who bite the hand that feeds. If you find anything decent, it’s like a gift given despite the costs. You won’t find it for sale in the mainstream.
When it’s a labor of love, think of this oxymoron: “unbiased fandom.” That’s self contradicting, and it’s possible there will never be a news source for furries that isn’t run by some agenda (personal passion is a fine agenda). Don’t hunt for a unicorn, just go find the ones that do it well. There’s stakes too. When “sensational media” is blamed for image problems, the solution is “Be The Media”. That’s how fandom works, so be a fan for the little ones with potential.
InFurNation — https://www.infurnation.com
Weekly posts about books, movies, TV, art, games, and anything creative curated by Rod O’Riley (co-founder of the first fur con). On paper since 1991 and the web since 2009.
Our team of researchers scour the globe looking for new things and events of interest to furry fans. And who’s on that team? Us… and you! If you know about some cool upcoming things that funny animal fanatics might want to see – and buy! – then write to us! Contact our head writer at his e-mail, email@example.com.
Rod, Mark Merlino, and Changa Lion share Southern California’s Skiltaire house. I keep nudging them to consolidate effort because they do so much for too little recognition. Imagine one content stream, backed by a Patreon to sustain all their stuff under one brand:
- The Confurence Archive — artifacts of fandom curated by Changa.
- Skiltaire Party — The twitter presence for their monthly furry house party.
- Furry.Today — Changa’s daily short videos.
- Two Old Furry Fans — Mark and Rod’s blog.
- Ursa Major Awards — The annual best of fandom.
Finding furry info there is like drinking from a firehose. R/furry is sort of a forum just for art, you can barely get to know anyone, and there’s no curation of topics. Imagine the front page of Furaffinity, minus porn which all goes to r/yiff. Then r/furry_IRL is just for memes. That covers most of furry Reddit. But there’s potential in small subreddits. These look good:
- r/WagInHeaven: Stories of the furry community at its best.
- r/Furrydiscuss: News and talk, no art or memes.
It’s hard to call this a source, and beware of falling in past the event horizon. If you wanted to find all the great accounts to follow, it could take forever. (For example: Furries Out of Context, Unintentional Furries.) Try these:
- Furry News Network: Briefly a promising blog, now a Twitter feed worth watching.
- Furry news list: aggregating a few other sources.
- [adjective][species]: Essays, issues, data.
- Culturally F’d: Not news, but more like documentary/popular education.
- Furrymedia: Livejournal petered out but news aggregation could easily happen on one of those subreddits.
- Furstarter: Furry crowdfunding was well covered there in 2016 and would be great to have as a feature here.
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