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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

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

3-D Printing: Desktop Manufacturing Overview

Earlier today I presented our 3D printer to the Dominican University faculty.  I demonstrated how our Cubify printer (the type seen in the featured image) works, and I discussed what … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Study of Gendered Media Engagings (Part 3): Why It Matters

This is the third part of my dissertation’s first chapter.  The first part was on defining gendered media engagings.  The second part was on defining gender. Why studying gendered media engagings … Continue reading

December 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fractured Fandom

The full version of this article first appeared at the Clearance Bin Review.  Given the importance of the concept, fractured fandom, to my work on Doctor Who and My Little Pony: Friendship is … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · 5 Comments

VWTV Beyond Second Life: InfinityXShark and Star Trek

Although the focus of our virtual world television project is on the social world Second Life, that doesn’t mean it is the only virtual world being used by regular people to … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Confession of a Wil Wheaton Fan

I admit: in high school, I was gaga for Wil Wheaton. Allow me to demonstrate the extent of my affection and devotion to the actor best known for being the … Continue reading

April 5, 2011 · 1 Comment

Female Fans From the Beginning

I’m late in putting this out there, but it’s worth watching. This is a video from a Star Trek convention from 1973: that’s before the motion picture that reignited the … Continue reading

March 8, 2011 · 2 Comments

Fear the Virtual World?

I must make a confession up front: I would never have watched The Ghost Whisperer if it was not for my involvement with the Virtual Worlds Research Project at Roskilde … Continue reading

February 23, 2011 · 1 Comment

Tweets from the World

  • Query for #GamerGate today: what evidence supports the claim that outside SJWs are censoring the gaming industry to produce certain games? 1 hour ago
  • <c> to participate in capitalist structure that merely pays lip service to participatory design as long as sales continue? #fracturedfandom 12 hours ago
  • Could it be that fan studies plays part in #fracturedfandom by focusing on empowerment of fans, creating sense of entitlement <c> 12 hours ago

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