In 2013, two major changes happened on HIMYM that had the potential to cause a major fan uproar if they were received negatively. The long awaited reveal of The Mother took place at the end of last season, and it was decided that the final season would all take place during Barney and Robin’s wedding […]

Back in October I wrote about How I Met Your Mother’s International Suit Up Day, a fan made holiday in favor of beloved suit upper Barney Stinson. Research for the post took me in several different directions which could not all be addressed in the “holiday” blog post. Although I had known previously about the […]

Textual Ecologies Map  During this semester in Writing for Electronic Communities I learned that the intricate web of information at our fingertips can be accessed and used in ways that connect a community as described by Michele Zappavigna in her Ambient Affiliation: A Linguistic Perspective on Twitter study or tear down an oppressive regime as described by […]

When you look at the end result of using both tags and hashtags, you see similarities.  You see a collection of postings organized and characterized by subject.  What organizes and characterizes those items works differently for different platforms.  I wonder if the process of categorizing posts reflects on how we look at communication in relation […]

For the last couple of months, I’ve watched Twitter activity for the use of #DnD. I wanted to see how the gaming community, particularly fans of Dungeons and Dragons, used Twitter. Is there an active community of D&D players on Twitter, and if so, how is the community functioning?  I was curious, because for the […]

In an idealized version of the capitalist system, a producer creates and distributes a product. The consumer then makes it possible for the producer to continue to make product. When we talk about fandom, sometimes we talk about how the observer takes ownership of the text, and as a result, no longer becomes a passive […]

More thoughts on The Hobbit! Yes, I know how valuable you all think they are! 🙂 Yesterday I was watching tv with my family and the trailer for Desolation of Smaug came on (the one I don’t like). I watched it and something I forgot I disliked about the first movie came back to me. […]