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Fans: Myth & Reality

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Jennifer Henderson

on 5 September 2013

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Transcript of Fans: Myth & Reality

Being a Fan
Fan Myths
lonely
social misfit
zealot
out of touch with reality
Fan Realities
meaning makers
unbalanced
obsessive
parasocial interaction
outsider
outsider
crazed
unrewarding lives
no romantic relationships
(or chances at one)

fantasy life better than real one
groupie
position of weakness in cultural discussions
producers
textual poachers
spectators
adoring
identity constructors
voice of the "other"
reliant on others
nomads
childish
fan = fanatic
"Matinee Girls"
"the fan in the attic"
want to be insiders
"insiders" level same critiques as "outsiders"
are fans in the mainstream now?
Do you see fandom as Stanfill suggests? As both "fans and non-fans looking at fans through a mainstream, stereotyped lens"?
Fans see other fans as:

1. Overestimating the importance of a show
2. Unreasonably consumeristic
3. Devoting their lives to worthless knowledge
4. Out of touch with reality
5. Social misfits
6. Infantile/emotionally + intellecutally immature
7. Feminized and/or desexualized
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