From Star Wars to Taylor Swift to PSV, there is so much to be a fan of, and these days there are endless ways to express your deepest support. Media scholar Abby Waysdorf explains how the nature of fandom has changed a lot over the past decades, and what sometimes unexpected implications this has for media, industry, and politics.
Fans are the driving force behind today’s popular culture, and the internet has been a major catalyst in making fandom mainstream. What was once a niche practice for a few types of media is now everywhere, appealing to our sense of identity, community, and emotional connection. But as fandom becomes more commercialized, what are the implications for both the culture of fandom and the individuals who participate in it? Whether you are a die-hard fan of a particular franchise or simply curious about the world of fandom, this lecture is for you!
Dr. Abby Waysdorf is an assistant professor of media studies in the Humanities department at Utrecht University. She has a background in media and performance studies, with a particular focus on sports media and fandom. Her PhD research focused on the phenomenon of film tourism and fan use of place. Her research interests focus on fandom, audience practices, the television industry, and how all of these interact.
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