fandom communities

Fandom, the simple act of being enthusiastic about something, has moved us forward throughout history. I'm curious about the passion of passionate people — and working to better understand how fandom influences community behavior and what we can learn from that in our day-to-day lives. Let's explore together.
Oct
12
Moving beyond the Parasocial — Fandom Communities 003

Moving beyond the Parasocial — Fandom Communities 003

Parasocial relationships drive you to buy that thing, influence you on the vacation of your dreams and even dictate trends, and evolve into businesses of their own. How can we dive past this?
6 min read
Sep
28
Fans, at their core, are producers. What does this tells us about the ethics of fan labor? — Fandom Communities 002

Fans, at their core, are producers. What does this tells us about the ethics of fan labor? — Fandom Communities 002

However, with the rise and popularity of web 2.0 and 3.0, this fan labor is ripe for exploitation, with the original creators no longer receiving the credit, opportunities, or financial income generated from this fan labor.
7 min read
Sep
21

Fans, they're really passionate people — Fandom Communities #001

When I was studying fandom in graduate school — it was often reiterated, fandom is a verb. In order to participate you must do something. This is not dissimilar from communities either — to truly belong to a community, you must participate in some sort of action. And action — is driven by passion.
4 min read