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Transcript of Fandom Shipping
Julia Dela Cruz
Aaron van Ek
What is shipping?
It is the concept of liking two or more things being in a relationship (of any kind). This can apply to anything, although it occurs more in literature, TV shows, and movies.
Examples of Ships
Shipping first emerged on the TV series
in the 1960s, with fans shipping Kirk and Spock (
), but the term was never really brought to light until fans of
(1993-2002) started calling themselves "relationshippers," or "shippers," for short. Other fans of TV shows and movies followed suit, and soon shipping caught up in today's social media.
(Sherlock Holmes/John Watson,
Sherlock Holmes & other adaptations
(The Tenth Doctor/Rose Tyler,
(The Eleventh Doctor/River Song,
(Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley,
(Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger,
(Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark,
(Dr. Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham,
(Percy Jackson/Annabeth Chase,
Percy Jackson & the Olympians
(Fox Mulder/Dana Scully,
(Louis Tomlinson/Harry Styles,
Though shipping is considered to be a modern trend among fans, the concept of suggesting or predicting couples has been around for thousands of years through the art of matchmaking.
Most cultures have their own version of matchmakers, such as Jewish shadkhan or Japanese nakodo, each assigned with the same duty: to help others find love and companionship.
Modern-day dating websites have upgraded the matchmaking service, allowing more and more people to be exposed affected by it.
Shipping is modern-day matchmaking, where the fans provide suggestions and predictions for (mostly) romantic relationships.
AP Human Geography
30 October 2013
Shipping is integrated into popular culture as a sociofact. Shipping is developed through fandoms (the fanbase) communicating with each other and deciding on which ships they think are worth following and supporting.
How Shipping is Culturally Integrated
Breaking the bottle:
What got you shipping them
Related to OTP, except that instead of a romantic relationship, it's a friend relationship that it's referring to; the term "BROTP" is a combination of "bromance" and "OTP". A bromance is a relationship in which two men are close enough that they could be dating, but aren't.
Cannonball (wrecking ball):
An abrupt, painful happening in a fandom that hits you like one
Moments or other implications that a ship is canon (true to the story), or else cute exchanges between the characters involved in a ship
A ridiculous ship, or one that can or else should never happen
a wave of emotions that sometimes cannot be adequately explained
Getting on board:
Beginning to ship something, about to ship something, etc.
A ship that you once supported and perhaps still do that went down in the ocean, drowning all on board (basically, a hopeless relationship)
a person who attacks other ships, perhaps to steal cargo, or because of vengeance—whatever reason, they try to shoot down your ship
OTP (One True Pairing):
by deeming a ship your OTP, you have declared that you have really strong emotions for it, perhaps that you feel that the characters involved in that relationship are meant for each other above all other relationships you may put them in
A ship that never happened/will happen.
Anyone or anything that flocks to your Ship at the first hint of blood—at the first hint of some slight wound in your ship—and tears it apart for this
The relationship between two or more characters
a person who ships (a) certain couple(s)
A happy ending to a ship (ships almost always go out into the waters again, but it’s nice to rest here for a while)
A gay relationship;
would be a lesbian relationship
Either stuck without a ship, or afraid to ship again so you’re avoiding pairings
Storm/Seastorm/Tidal Wave/Anything else related to this
= Problems faced by the ship
Implications of an upcoming storm
Innovation & the global-local continuum concept
There hasn't really been major differences in shipping when it spreads to American culture and east Asian culture. In a way, the east Asian culture has adopted shipping as a part of their literature culture, so in a way it has innovated.
The role that the global-local continuum concept plays is that shipping starts itself with a type of media, and with today's technology, people can access the internet and talk about the media and the characters they think ought to get together. For example,
, a popular BBC show, originated from the U.K., yet over the course of three years (two seasons, six episodes and counting), the idea of Sherlock and John as a ship has helped strengthened the cultural trait of shipping by spreading to the rest of Europe, the Americas, East Asia, and Australia.
Shipping is not truly a physical trend, therefore it has a minimal effect on the physical cultural landscape. Although, there is still an impact on the cultural landscape of the internet because of the increasing number of fans who ship their favorite pop culture characters. Entire websites and even servers are devoted to shipping and the fans who do it. Shipping has made the internet a much more colorful place, where fans can express, support, and defend their ships, and can interact with other followers of their ship. Shipping has created a pop culture web of fandoms that have well-influenced the cultural and physical landscape of the internet.
The Cultural Landscape
Shipping is mainly diffused to three parts of the world:
the Americas (mainly the U.S. and Canada),
through different media outlets (TV shows, movies, literature)
The role of time-space compression on shipping through the media has had significant effects on the social and psychological aspects of the avid shipper. Many times, groups of shippers will clump together due to the built-in want-to-belong-to-a-group (in reference to Maslow's 4th level on the Hierarchy of Needs Pyramid).
These clumps of shippers often isolate themselves from family and real-life friends in exchange (most of the time) for their "internet buddies." These avid shippers, however, tend to show more understanding of the other's perceptions and feelings because of their analysis of the characters they ship and why the characters do the things they do and how they interact with each other.
Within these clumps of shippers, there may be even more specific subdivisions (think the broad umbrella of the
, which reflected the culture beginning to explore homosexual relationships within the society through underground homosexual groups during the 60's), each with their own slightly different take on the ships (reterritorialization). This may sometimes lead to fights inside the fandom (think a small-scale ship war).
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