Fandom Culture

  • Media Studies A-Level A2 
  • Partner with participatory culture mind map 
  • Gaming section 
  • Created by: daltog
  • Created on: 12-02-22 17:30
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  • Fandom Culture
    • Taken to present a dedicated and active audience
    • Present a dedicated active audience
    • They are a significant part of contemporary consumer culture
    • Fans develop extensive knowledge and expertise about their required fandom
      • Display irrational loyalties to an aspect of pop culture
      • Sometimes there is a division between members of society
    • Subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of empathy and excitement with others who share a common interest
    • Relationship with the media industry
    • Social media made it easier for fans to share their views and opinions
    • Fandom is generally discussed in relation to media consumption and media texts, sometimes being referred specifically as "media fandom" (Jenkins 1992)
    • Fans socialize within affective communities of fandom and engage in sub culturally distinctive fan practices
    • Collective audiences on a global stage
    • Social media makes it easy for fans to share their views about their passions
    • Media fans can be understood as "Active producers and manipulators of meaning" (Jenkins 1992)
    • "Fandom's very existence represents a critique of conventional forms of consumer culture" (Jenkins 1992)
    • Jenkins suggests that "fandom's very existence represents a critique of conventional forms of consumer culture"
    • Providing a "space within which fans may articulate their specific concerns about sexuality, gender, racism, colonialism, militarism and forced conformity"
    • Fans activity generate their own creative material but they often do so in ways which critique the media they are consuming
    • Fans create identities - David Gauntlet Identity Theory
      • Henry Jensen argues that there is a fine line between being a "normal fan" and "excessive fandom" this line is crossed when the difference between relaity and fantasy becomes unclear (1992) this line is constructed, context dependent
    • Jensen explains, a person who is passionate about an academic subject can be just as passionate about that subject as a member of fan culture


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