Fan Studies Research Drawing on Spreadable Media
In addition to the recent Cinema Journal roundtable looking at Spreadable Media in relation to fan studies scholarship and the range of recent essays published in Transformative Works and Cultures that we previously shared, several other scholars have used Spreadable Media in their own work—developing and further exploring themes this project has explored in a range of new areas. See some of them below:
- In her 2014 piece for The Journal of Fandom Studies, “Tracing Textual Poachers: Reflections on the Development of Fan Studies and Digital Fandom,” Lucy Bennett draws on Spreadable Media when discussing the increased focus within fan studies on fan activism. (Also, see co-author Sam Ford’s piece in the same issue.)
- Kristina Busse and Shannon Farley’s 2013 M/C Journal piece, “Remixing the Remix: Fannish Appropriation and the Limits of Unauthorised Use,” draws on Spreadable Media in highlighting shifts as “fannish activity becomes more and more visible to the mainstream,” where media texts increasingly are shared across social networks, and where “all fannish activity is collectively described and recognised as fandom.”
- Melanie Kohnen’s April 2014 for Creative Industries Journal, entitled “‘The Power of Geek’: Fandom as Gendered Commodity at Comic-Con,” refers to Spreadable Media’s further consideration of “affirmational fandom” vs. “transformational fandom.”
- In his 2013 piece for Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies on the application of John Fiske’s theories to digital fandom and potentially problematic ways in which fan-created “texts” are understood in current scholarship, entitled “Fiske’s ‘Textual Productivity’ and Digital Fandom: Web 2.0 Democratization Versus Fan Distinction?” Matt Hills draws on Spreadable Media’s application of the “moral economy” to online community, among other concepts from the book.