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On the Nature of Being a Fan

I have an idea. An idea for how to look at fans, fandoms, fan communities, being a fan. It’s an idea in its early stages, one I need to ruminate … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fractured Fandom and Contemporary Issues in Fan Communities

Today I launch an online survey to gather people’s anonymous and confidential stories of their experiences dealing with other fans. This survey is part of my ongoing research into the … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Categorizing Fractured Fandom

Defining Fractured Fandom According to the discipline of fan studies, at this point in history, being a fan is considered a positive for any individual. Being a fan helps people … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Avatars, Audiences and Interactive Television

This presentation was given at the 100th National Communication Association Conference in Chicago on November 21, 2014. This presentation reflects the work I have done with Pooky Amsterdam to understand … Continue reading

November 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

In Defense of Fans via Fractured Fandom

In defense of fans and fandom, I want to make clear that I would not argue that fractured fandom happens all the time or involves a majority of the population … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Women self-identifying as digital game addicts: Their interpretations of power

[This paper comes from 2007 and was completed for a qualitative methodology course at Ohio State University under the amazing Patti Lather. She encouraged us to try different methods of … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

My Philosophy of Media Reception Studies

Along with my thoughts on the encoding-decoding-recoding model, what follows comes from my dissertation on gendered media engagings and describes how I consider the fundamental elements of media reception and … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

An Encoding-Decoding-Recoding Model of Media Studies

This blog posts continues the dissection of my dissertation that I began by introducing the topic of gendered media engagings earlier this year. This post focuses on a model I … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

An Autoethnography of Collegium – Day Two

Day 2: Sunday, June 22nd On the topic of mass… I am still uncomfortable joining in on the spiritual sessions and Catholic Eucharist ceremonies that are scheduled for this colloquium.  … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 6 Comments

Comics Adaptations Causing Fractured Fandom

We are now full swing into the summer blockbuster season for Hollywood, and let’s take a tally of movies that are currently out or soon to arrive that originate from … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

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