Still only 6 countries have access to SGC. It is like watching a train wreck, except no one is clearing away the wreckage.
I have stopped posting on most Origins forums and threads in all Stargate sites, not just SGC, because the All Access Haves keep needling the No Access Have Nots and there keeps being the same fights over and over again, like a broken record. Some deliberately rub in their privilege and still other accidentally spoil stuff. Long-time fans are upset and they take it out on one another, instead of challenging the source of the division.
This level of ineptitude is an opportunity for any consumer psychologists out there studying the modern effects of outmoded, regional release roll-outs and/or the effects of random privilege.
Endowment effect: People in 6 select countries who were allowed access and paid $20 for the site overwhelmingly praise SGC and Origins. Meanwhile, people who were excluded and who watched Origins on the sly overwhelmingly ridicule Origins, dropping by just to briefly mock it, and then moving on, leaving the all-access people to shake their fists at the posts.
Privilege: The all-access people, through no merit of their own, but by random luck of having residence in 6 select countries, act in the same privileged way. When excluded people protest, privileged people tell them to be thankful for the 3 episodes and what they have in life, to shut up and go away, that they have too much free time and are bitter, that privileged people can’t be bothered to see reminder posts from those excluded, that excluded people should pirate or chance using a VPN and forfeiting their accounts and $20 if caught. Stargate fans have been divided and fall into the random roles their lots fell to, just like the Stanford Prison Experiment, where random people, all innocent, were assigned roles and the people in privileged roles started to act in unkind ways, just because of roles. The shameful way excluded fans are being treated makes SCG, GW, and other sites hostile places.
Loss Aversion and Scarcity: What rehashed behind-the-scenes photos for SG1, SGA, and SGU that are uploaded to SGC, by both SGC in the feed and users mining them from Pinterest for the “forum,” are just bitter reminders that all those photos, and thousands more, used to available on the old MGM site, in resolutions many times larger, and videos and interviews too, in an easy-to-search format. There were also pages on the various races and even whole pages and galleries for notable characters, treating them with respect, not some short and silly, xenophobic and misgendering “creature feature” blurbs. Why go through all the trouble of deleting a site of about 10 years (the Wayback Machine started recording it as of 2007) with so many resources and monumental work, only to strip out the MGM and replace it with a paltry page which is costing money to run through TopFan and paying people to re-upload stuff? It’s like someone replacing your Transformers with Gobots and thinking you won’t notice. Taking things away from consumers, in whole or in part, e.g. replacing the free-for-all MGM site with the smaller SGC app limited by geography, also goes up against established consumer psychology research. As Robert Cialdini says, newly-experienced scarcity is more powerful than constant scarcity. Humans are hard-wired to avoid losses, be it anything from intangible rights to tangible goods. And, Daniel Kahneman’s research on loss aversion says losses loom larger than gains.
They pit fans against one another another by geography, buying ability, and fans of human characters vs fans of the other races with their xenophobic language.
Why the sudden xenophobia and simplified world-building to make the aliens 2D and dismissable? The tie-in books veered from Legacy and the tie-in comics will be veering from their main arc, to match the language and spirit of the new SGC site’s, which is to over-simplify and outgroup established Stargate races and societies in a way that does not match the TV shows (even Ronon called Wraith people and he/him and not it). All this seems to be happening around the same time of the new SGC site and downplays Stargate’s past as well as indicates fewer long-term, long-arc investments. Legacy and the AM comic arcs went for years. Conversely, a simplified set of characters makes for quick, 2D stories, not sophisticated world-building modern audiences are used to, but cheaper and easier to pump out– and, you get what you pay for. And, you also condone bigotry that way. Not cool.
And, how has that all been working out for the fandom? Stargate sites are at a crawl and are so desperate for fandom news that they post editorial pieces and bits about other franchises that past Stargate directors are working on just to fill the empty space. Fanart is at an all-time low and Origins fanart is exceedingly rare, as artists have no reference material. The Stargate fanart Twitter account recently died.
So long as we all accept random roles, there is no incentive for media to change. Let us reject the random roles and support one another as fellow Stargate fans. At the very least, if someone asks for access, people can comment that they wish the fandom were not divided so and that regional roll-outs are outdated. If someone makes a bigoted remark, including SGC, people can comment that is misgendering, racist, etc.
Another fan said it well: the franchise has a lot of potential, but it needs someone with a vision to come along modernize it, the way Charles Duhigg described Alcoa’s transformation by focusing on keystone habits such as safety. Updating Stargate includes both in social norms, cleaning up the xenophobia against its own races, and in distribution channels. The xenophobia remarks function for MGM as worker accidents did for Alcoa. Until then, it is a good example of what NOT to do in your management and marketing.