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?
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.
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.