Feb 032017

From the Parsec Awards Committee:

Parsec Awards community,

The Parsec Awards Committee is considering moving the awards ceremony, that has been held annually for the last decade at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA, to a virtual-only ceremony. We are asking you, the community of podcasters, recipients and supporters to weigh-in on this proposal.

This is not something we take lightly. Over the years the awards ceremony has been an opportunity for us to share laughs, music, triumph and tragedy as a community. You, who have supported us and each other, are the reason the awards exist and we would be remiss if we didn’t attempt to serve you in the best way possible.

We feel that a virtual awards ceremony may help us do that.

By dissociating the awards with Dragon*Con, we feel that more of our community will be able to participate. No longer will travel to Atlanta be a prerequisite for presenters, entertainers or recipients. Many of those who attended Dragon*Con even found their schedules did not allow their attendance at the awards. We also feel that we can have a better chance of securing judges’ time when we are not smack in the middle of Con season as we can now have some flexibility in scheduling the awards.

At the time the awards were created, the technology to support this change was either prohibitively expensive or non-existent. Now it is commonplace.

Thank you for your consideration and your vote:

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 Posted by on February 3, 2017
  • joe fiore

    Do both! Keep it at Dragon Con and stream it live from there – best of both worlds. I already bought my dragon con ticket and plane fare — don’t change it now!!

    • parsecs

      Thank you, Joe. We appreciate you sharing your opinion. For the reasons above, we are really feeling like it would be either. We have tried streaming the awards at D*C and have always had unreliable service and a poor experience for remote participants.

  • rishoutfield

    I can’t make it to Dragon-Con, but I would be happy to watch myself lose another Parsec via the web. Well, not *happy*, exactly . . .

    • BCSWowbagger

      Took the words right out of my mouth. I hate always having to wait for Facebook to tell me I lost — this year, I’ll lose live! (Congrats to all the winners, as always.)

  • I really don’t have a strong opinion on this. I want to see the Parsec Awards keep going, so which ever option works best is fine with me.

  • Suzanne Williamson

    I would love to keep going to the Parsecs, but I completely understand not many people can make it to DragonCon. Would be great if you could do both. Live stream the ceremony at DragonCon.

  • Gerri Eugenia

    As the Parsecs nominations come from all over the world! Maybe it is time to embrace all the world and “stream” it??

  • Ed Hansen

    I think adding a virtual component is great. Is the choice really one or the other? Presumably, there is a physical component to the awards ceremony, and I’m worried that a pure virtual event would lose some of the in person connections that make the awards great.