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Communications Studies
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COMS 401
Angie Chiang

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Fandom Fan Texts How has digital convergence affected how media is produced? - How fan-made paratexts can be a part of the core text - South Park (S10E08) “Make Love not Warcraft” o MMO – Massively Multiplayer Online Game o MMORPG – Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game o “I AM socializing with my friends” o Online world blended with the real world – the online world becomes real to the group o Transmedia – draws in the World of Warcraft crowd as well as South Park crowd o The parody both mocks and praises the WoW stereotype - Writers’ strike in Hollywood (2007 – 2008) o “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” – traditional narrative, part blog, part TV, part movie Textual Poaching - Michel de Certeau’s term “borrowing” texts and rewriting and reinterpreting them - To engage with the text, to transform it, is in some instances to liberate and rescue a text by providing an alternate or variant readings and thus forming new texts - Providing commentary and critique in addition to supplementing the story - Example: Wicked, The Great and Powerful Oz – they all change the context of the story Folk Culture (Pop Culture) - Authentic home-grown culture that brings in the long-standing traditions o People telling stories over generations Fandom - Fans are the most a
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