Blog Week 5 and 6

Almost all of us know what Fan culture means. I think almost every person in this world is a fun of something. The word “fan” we associated with something we love, with something we engaged in, it can be anything (certain person, game, musician, actor, work or a design, idea and so on). Fan Cultures is the first comprehensive overview of fans and fan theory. Fans often knowing more about a character or series than the star or program-makers themselves, and ready to make active, sometimes surprising readings of plot lines and characters, they are the ultimate active audience.

We all have those things we get really excited about and build communities around, whether they are religious interests and concerns, academic interests, pop cultural texts, or a consumer product, our communities are now being shaped, reshaped and constructed in very different ways.

Fan fiction people extend the original narratives and lives of the characters turning them into something that is their own creation.

Henry Jenkins write that fans are nothing more than people with excessive, bordering on deranged behavior, people become really invested in this object, topics, etc. It is something they are really into and something they want to talk about. They are so inspired by it they write music, create events, etc.

Fans create virtual communities – These are communities that are not necessarily built around face-to-face meetings. Some of these fans know each other and some are unknown, but they engaging in cyberspace participate in fan culture they are interested in.

Every day there are emerging new forms of the community. With the digital media revolution, it opened new possibilities for fans to participate in fan culture they are interested in. The fans have novel way’s to engaged with the with the objects of their affection, it can be blogs, forums, websites, slash fiction, twitter, facebook, wiki, fan fiction and many others digital media resources.

In my own opinion I see fan activity culture as a remix, because this people not only mix the elements from original content, but they also tries to put something they own into this content. The way I see that is the people get inspired from the original work the person created, so they want to modify it and add something unique to it. Some people can say that it can contribute to the culture and some people can say that it can distort the original. The real fans of this content of course would be against mash ups and remixes, they think it breaking original concept and loosing the quality of something that was originally created, but some people become a fans after watching/listening a new remix which one was created, they think it’s something new, something more interesting then an original content. A good example of a fun culture as a remix would be a fan fiction where editor takes the ideas of the content and then completely tweak it and create some new story.


By Slavik

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