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COMS 401 - Fan Fiction

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Communications Studies
COMS 401
Angie Chiang

COMS 401 October 28, 2013 Fandom Struggles “The term participation has emerged as a government concept, albeit one surrounding by conflicting expectations… The empowered consumer faces a series of struggles to preserve and broaden this perceived right to participate.” – Jenkins, p. 175 - Fan fiction is the desire to share your love (or hate) for something Web 2.0 – ‘web commons’ did not speak to a change in the technology of the Internet, but a shift in the way we discuss its usage. Ultimately, Web 2.0 discourse seeks to develop a ‘new, more empowered, more socially connected and more creative image of the consumer.” – Jenkins, p. 358 - We are no longer just accessing web content, we are now contributing, editing, adding, talking back, and evaluating the content. - Producers tap into this response – free work for them. o Example: TV show ‘Heroes’ – people made their own heroes and
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