This past week was VidCon 2016 in Anaheim, California, USA. Though the convention is growing, there was a focus on the connection between media producers and audiences. In his keynote speech, vlogger and author John Green spoke about the importance of community: “What’s good for your community is good for your business, and what’s bad for your community is ultimately bad for your business… I would encourage you not to worry so much about how many people watch what you make; worry about how many people love what you make.”
2016 continues to be a year full of high-profile celebrity deaths. With the recent passing of Anton Yelchin, best know for his role as Chekov in the Star Trek reboot movies, fans have been paying tribute to the young actor.
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Keidra Chaney (Publisher/Editor, The Learned Fangirl) is a writer and editor. She’s written about music and culture for Chicago Sun-Times, Paste Magazine, Time Out Chicago and Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. She’s especially interested in online fan communities and the intersection between fan works and labor. Today, Keidra talks about how The Learned Fangirl began and what she’d like it to get back to.