There is something I have to admit…and no, it is not fun admitting it. I have claimed to be a fan to numerous things that I truly did not know about. In every description of fandom I am reminded of how I pretty much am a limited fan. Before you go off judging my thoughts, […]

In light of my semester long research project studying the Gladiators fan community on Twitter, I would like to present or perhaps contribute something useful to those that have been keeping up with the work I’ve done thus far. One of the most talked about recent events in the Scandal fan community is the controversy […]

The Legend of Zelda video games certainly have an extraordinary fanbase, and for good reason. Heralded by fans and gaming publications alike as the greatest video game series ever, gamers have been traversing the verdant plains and vast deserts of Hyrule with Link for over 25 years. Having read about filking in Henry Jenkins’s “Textual […]

While Scandal is the most-talked about show on social media now and finds solid success on Thursday nights (mind you, a Thursday network landscape that includes shows that feature Robin Williams, Will Arnett, Michael J. Fox, and oh yeah, can’t forget that The Big Bang Theory), creator and writer Shonda Rhimes recently sat down with […]

The relationship between fans and the object of the affection hasn’t always been the easiest. Just ask Mark Waid. Fan created content has always been a touchy topic, and perceptions run the gamut of responses, hostile to accepting, which I informally call the Lucas-Rowling scale (Lucas generally responding poorly, and Rowling historically giving her blessing […]

Sounds like it was ripped right from an episode of Scandal: reports surfaced yesterday that a high-level ABC Network executive may have been behind a controversial Scandal-fan blog titled Scandal 411. The blog, along with its Twitter handle @Scandal411 (which has since been deleted), achieved nearly 25,000 followers on Twitter, but oftentimes found itself in […]

Well…go on, then. What is riffing? What makes it so popular? Why do we think we improve a movie by adding our own glib comments? What accounts for the ability of a show that riffs bad movies to last ten seasons, put out a full length movie of its own? How can we explain people […]