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Lecture 14: Super-Participation:. Professor Victoria Meng. Why should we care about fans and gamers?. Introduction to Lesson Topic. Serious fun: using media to approach serious topics in a fun way. Introduction to Lesson Topic.

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Lecture 14 super participation

Lecture 14:Super-Participation:

Professor Victoria Meng

Why should we care about fans and gamers?


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Introduction to Lesson Topic

Serious fun: using media to approach serious topics in a fun way.


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Introduction to Lesson Topic

Serious fun: taking fun activities (such as watching tv) too seriously?


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Introduction to Lesson Topic

Fans and gamers: increasingly important but still misunderstood groups


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Lecture Outline

  • Focus on fans, not gamers

  • Ann Kustritz, “Slashing the Romance Narrative.”

  • Mark Wolf, “The Video Game as a Medium.”

  • Screenings and websites.


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“Slashing the Romance Narrative”

  • Romance: a “feminine genre?”

  • Conventions:

  • Powerful man

  • “Independent” woman

  • Overcoming odds

  • Happily ever after


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Romance and Sexism in the Media

The “romance narrative”

is a part of many mainstream Hollywood movies

intended for adult audiences.


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Romance and Sexism in the Media

The “romance narrative” can be seen as a “universal” way to fulfill a desire for love and security


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Romance and Sexism in the Media

The mainstream “romance narrative” that we find in the media tends to show the man as being more powerful than the woman.


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“Slashing the Romance Narrative”


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Some Terminology

Fans: people who have a strong interest in or admiration for certain media works and/or personalities


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Some Terminology

Fans: people who have a strong interest in or admiration for certain media works and/or personalities

Fandom: the group of people involved in the fan activities surrounding a particular media work and the texts that they produce


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Some Terminology

Fans: people who have a strong interest in or admiration for certain media works and/or personalities

Fandom: the group of people involved in the fan activities surrounding a particular media work and the texts that they produce

Fan activities: activities that fans engage in to express their love for certain media works and their identities as fans


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Some Terminology

Fan fiction: “…the practice of using characters from a professionally published text (a source product) in an original story.” (371)


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Some Terminology

  • Fan fiction can be both an homage and a critique.


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Some Terminology

  • Fan fiction can be both an homage and a critique.

  • Fan fiction can be considered both derivative and original.


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Spock/Kirk

For more background on “slash,” see Kustritz, p. 371-372


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Batman/Superman

“…slash offers its own particular challenge to normative constructions of gender and romance, as it allows women to construct narratives that subvert patriarchy by re-appropriating those prototypical hero characters who usually reproduce women’s position of social disempowerment.” (371)


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Jacob/Edward

“…slash fan fiction seems to be fulfilling a desire that is either extremely extensive or cannot be fulfilled elsewhere…” (372)


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Mona Lisa v. Marge Simpson

What is art and how do we relate to it? (372-375)


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“Slashing the Romance Narrative”

“Fans discuss the narratives and characters provided for them by the mass media, and then alter those hegemonic messages to reflect their own needs, experiences, and desires.” (374)


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Frodo/Sam

  • Slash fan fiction (fic):

  • Challenges the dominant, patriarchal romance narrative

  • Pays homage to the original works

  • Critiques original works’ conception of maleness


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“Coming Out”


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Fan Stereotypes

Not a fan?

Fans?


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Fan Stereotypes

“Both the news media and the entertainment industry would have us think that we know exactly what fans are like. They provide us with a very limited interpretation by insisting on infantilizing, patho-logizing, or criminalizing fan activities.” (375)


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Fan Stereotypes

1. Fans are too devoted to the objects of their affection, and they therefore cannot separate fiction from reality.


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Fan Stereotypes

2. Fans are infantile: they are young or socially inept adults who have not developed “normal” interests.


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Fan Stereotypes

3. Fans are obsessed sociopaths who are likely to hurt other people.


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Media Fans v. Sports Fans


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Why We Should Care About Fans


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Why We Should Care About Fans


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Going too far?


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Why Should We

Care About Gamers?

  • What stereotypes do we hold about gamers?

  • Why do we have these stereotypes?

  • To what extent are they accurate?

  • How do these stereotypes impact our society?


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Why Should We

Care About Gamers?


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Super-Participation


End of lecture 14

End of Lecture 14

Next Lecture: I and We: How do

digital media situate us in space and time?


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