A Subject by Choice: The Agency of Fans

I wrote this reflection paper back in 2007 to consider how theories about subjectivation occurs in fandom. Which is to say, how fans of something willingly become identified with that thing they are a fan of. Subjectivation would argue that people passively become something through external ideological forces -- that they have no say in … Continue reading A Subject by Choice: The Agency of Fans

The Dark Side of Fandom

Last fall the call went out from the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (aka C2E2) for proposed panels for the 2016 convention. I had just been part of a very successful discussion at an academic conference that considered the problems, tensions, fractures that fans have been facing, online and offline, for years. But that was … Continue reading The Dark Side of Fandom

A Subject By Choice?

(I wrote this for a graduate course on critical and cultural theories. It helped fuel my thinking about agency, fandom, and reception studies. I believe the citations are in reference to work by Judith Butler about Louis Althusser, but unfortunately I cannot find it. If you know the source, then please let me know! And, … Continue reading A Subject By Choice?

Conversations of GamerGate and Fractured Fandom

One of the things I have been doing this year (i.e. 2015) is trying to better understand what I mean when I say "fractured fandom" and how it manifests in the world. I've been writing about it for a couple years now, I have done an online interview study to gather people's stories, I have … Continue reading Conversations of GamerGate and Fractured Fandom

The Pop Culture Lens: Episode on the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Fandom

On a special episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I discuss a subject that has been one we have debated numerous times in our private lives and has become one that I have been focusing on as a research project: fandom, is it good or bad? http://ThePopCultureLens.podbean.com/mf/web/4kuzg8/Ep9FandomGoodBadUgly.mp3 We begin the conversation … Continue reading The Pop Culture Lens: Episode on the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Fandom

Fandom as Repeatedly Returning to What Matters Most

Being a fan can mean many different things to many different people. It may mean a person likes to collect memorabilia for a favorite sports team. It may mean a group like to wear costumes and reenact an important event. It may mean individuals compete with one another to test their knowledge in trivia contests. … Continue reading Fandom as Repeatedly Returning to What Matters Most

Pop Culture Lens Podcast: The X-Files

In the sixth episode of our ongoing podcast, The Pop Culture Lens, Christopher Olson and I discuss my favorite television series of all time, The X-Files. I was a huge, huge, huge fan of this series; I can still recall sitting there when the show premiered, on that magical Friday night back in 1993, with … Continue reading Pop Culture Lens Podcast: The X-Files