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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

Podcast Episode #5: Planet of the Apes

In the fifth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I discuss one of my all time favorite pop culture texts: Planet of the Apes. I fell … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Ghost Whisperer’s Ghost in the Machine

This essay was originally posted as part of my work for the Virtual Worlds Research Group at Roskilde University. This essay reflects my interest in how pop culture represents new … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Unborn: Exorcism, the Holocaust, and Twins

Comic book fans will undoubtedly recognize the name David S. Goyer. For better or worse, he has become synonymous with Warner Brothers’ cinematic adaptations of their DC  Comics titles. Although … Continue reading

February 6, 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 · 1 Comment

Pop Culture Lens Podcast Episode 4: Bewitched (1964-1972)

Our fourth episode for the Pop Culture Lens podcast is up, in which we are joined by friend of the podcast Megan Stemm-Wade to discuss the importance of the American … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Metaphors for making sense of virtual worlds

The following paper comes from a presentation given at ECREA in 2010 and at NCA in 2011 (the version of which can be found here on the blog). I submitted … Continue reading

January 21, 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

The Pop Culture Lens Episode 3: Carnival of Souls

Welcome to 2015, the year of Back to the Future II! And to start off the new year, The Pop Culture Lens podcast presents a new episode that takes us … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

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