Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture

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NYU Press, 2006 - Games & Activities - 279 pages
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Henry Jenkins“s pioneering work in the early 1990s promoted the idea that fans are among the most active, creative, critically engaged, and socially connected consumers of popular culture and that they represent the vanguard of a new relationship with mass media. Though marginal and largely invisible to the general public at the time, today, media producers and advertisers, not to mention researchers and fans, take for granted the idea that the success of a media franchise depends on fan investments and participation.

Bringing together the highlights of a decade and a half of groundbreaking research into the cultural life of media consumers, Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers takes readers from Jenkins's progressive early work defending fan culture against those who would marginalize or stigmatize it, through to his more recent work, combating moral panic and defending Goths and gamers in the wake of the Columbine shootings. Starting with an interview on the current state of fan studies, this volume maps the core theoretical and methodological issues in Fan Studies. It goes on to chart the growth of participatory culture on the web, take up blogging as perhaps the most powerful illustration of how consumer participation impacts mainstream media, and debate the public policy implications surrounding participation and intellectual property.

 

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User Review  - rivkat - LibraryThing

A bunch of collected essays mostly between Textual Poachers and Convergence Culture, many available online. The longer, more academic ones have been edited down, which I think is unfortunate, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - elwyne - LibraryThing

I did not read all of it but what I saw I liked. The discussions of why fans write what they write I found very interesting, being a fan writer myself and having trouble articulating my own whys ... Read full review

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Henry Jenkins is Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts, and Education at USC. He is author of five books, most recently Convergence Culture (2008), Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers (2006), The Wow Climax (2006), all available from NYU Press, and is co-author or editor of eight other books on media and communication.

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