Fandom – Understanding Media Production and Consumption in the Digital Age
This course will examine the history and theoretical consideration of fandom and interrogate the status of the production/consumption binary in the era of networked, digital communication. Readings will focus on critical and cultural approaches to fandom and will examine case studies relating to music festivals, comic cons, film exhibition, fan fiction, “vidding,” professional sports, tourism, and other forms of regular, emotional involvement. Students will gain insight into the changing nature of the relationship between media institutions, talent, and audiences in the context of Web 2.0 and will be able to apply this knowledge to both academic and professional practice.
thursdays @ 6pm