Fandom: Community, Culture, Community And Culture

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Fandom, both as a community and a culture is interpretative. The term interpretative community was rooted from a literary theorist named Stanley Fish. He established this notion in his book “Is There a Text in this Class?” (1980), believing that the reader holds a core position both in shaping and producing the meaning of literary works where according to him, reader’s experiences affects their interpretation of a text. In his study, Fish (1980) divided the act of reading texts into two (2) categories in accordance with the reading strategies of the reader enabling him/her to interpret the text and define it. First, the same reader interprets different text differently. Second, different readers may interpret the same text similarly.…show more content…
But fans often turn this semiotic productivity into some form of textual production that can circulate among – and thus help to define – the fan community. Fans create a fan culture with its own systems of production and distribution that forms what I shall call a ‘shadow cultural economy’ that lies outside that of the cultural industries yet shares features with them which more normal popular culture lacks. (Fiske 1992,…show more content…
These instances assessed Myc Wiatrowski of Indiana University in his essay “The Dynamics of a Fandom: Exploring Fan Communities in the online space.” Wiatrowski discussed that the fans became a well connected ‘global village’ (McLuhan 1962, 36) in terms of worldwide contact because of the information age. In Wiatrowski’s essay, he argued that the formation of fandom in the ‘global village’ is not merely an expression of communal identity, rather, a group performance constructing the community in terms of ideology and emotions. Wiatrowski asserted that there has been increased participation in the virtual modes of community’s imagination, formation, and maintenance from the physical sphere of fandom through the ‘global
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