Online Relationships with Wrestlers

These are some thoughts I had in conversation with the students of my online fan studies course. We were looking at the impact of social media on fandom, and I reflected on my experience with my new fandom: professional wrestling. Source: Online Relationships with Wrestlers

Fans of Trump, Fans of Jesus

To start. I want to return to the original conceptionalization of fanaticism defining fandom. So, let’s do a dive back into what this word means. Merriam-Webster defines “fanaticism” as having a “fanatic outlook or behavior.” Well, that’s not helpful, because it defines the term with a different version of it; so, what is fanatic? The … Continue reading Fans of Trump, Fans of Jesus

Customer-Fans and the Happily Exploited

Time for another story (I appear to have a lot to tell!); this time, about the experiences I had at the biggest comic book convention in the world, San Diego Comic Con International. When I graduated college, I moved to Los Angeles and ended up working at an agency that represents writers, directors and producers. … Continue reading Customer-Fans and the Happily Exploited

Power as Causing Fractured Fandoms

For the 2016 Midwest PCA/ACA conference, I presented a paper on my fractured fandom project titled "'Power is an allusion': Referencing power as causing fractures in fandom and fan communities." What follows is that presentation. Nina (a pseudonym), a 16-year-old high school student in Connecticut, pondered on the following situation: “Why are people so cruel? Why … Continue reading Power as Causing Fractured Fandoms

Gendering Hatsune Miku

Christopher Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and I have been working on our concept of the networked gender, building off the concept of the networked self to understand the co-constructive nature of gender identity. We will be publishing a piece on using this concept to look at BMO in Adventure Time, and this represents our … Continue reading Gendering Hatsune Miku

Wrestling Studies MPCA/ACA 2017 CFP

Midwest PCA/ACA 2017 Area: Wrestling Studies Area Co-Chairs: CarrieLynn D. Reinhard and Christopher J. Olson The 2017 Midwest PCA/ACA conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch from Wednesday-Sunday, October 18-22.  Call: Past, Present and Future of Professional Wrestling Since this is the inaugural conference for this new area, the Wrestling … Continue reading Wrestling Studies MPCA/ACA 2017 CFP

The Pop Culture Lens on Doctor Who

In the thirty-sixth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast, Paul Booth of DePaul University, to discuss the venerable British science fiction series, Doctor Who. In this episode, the three discuss what has led to the longevity of the series, which started in 1963. This discussion … Continue reading The Pop Culture Lens on Doctor Who