OTW Fannews: To fan or not to fan

  • An L.A. Weekly article on why musician John Roderick couldn’t be a fan brought about a number of responses. “[T]here was a turning point somewhere at the end of grade school where kids started lining up behind brands. I mean, I read Mad magazine, but I wouldn’t have called myself a fan; the whole point of Mad was that they were ripping you off and laughing at you. The British invasion bands kinda smirked at their fans, too. My fandom pretty much stopped at the door. I owned the records, what else was I supposed to do?…Maybe that’s what I dislike about fandom: commitment. I never wanted to be so tied to a band that I couldn’t pull back.”
  • Writer Jessica Khoury wrote at NPR about what Harry Potter brought to her life. “Did I lose some friends? I did. I remember telling some that I’d read the books and even liked them, and in shock they’d declared our friendship over, that we’d never speak again. And it was true, we never did — but to my surprise, I found myself relieved. I never once missed them. I heard others whispering Did you hear that Jessica read Harry Potter? and I smiled. Years later, I would sit in a theater with some of those same friends — and even my parents — for the opening night screening of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Years later, I’d find myself holding a butterbeer and crying in the middle of Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, because here was where it all began. Here was the beginning of my autonomy.”
  • The Austin Chronicle claimed that the ATX Television Festival “caters to – and initiates – a new kind of fandom”, saying it’s “hitting its stride with audiences who increasingly view, review, and talk about TV the way they view, review, and talk about film. Around 1,200 of what co-founders Emily Gipson and Caitlin McFarland alternately call ‘quality television viewers’ and ‘DVD extra fans’ are…the viewers for whom ATXTVF was created. ‘They’re fans, but they’re interested in the industry,’ says McFar­land. ‘Showrunners and creators are their rock stars.'”
  • Arizona State University’s news service profiled a faculty member who wrote about football fandom in Africa. “‘It was very clear that people felt the vuvuzela was a fundamental threat to a specific Eurocentric version of football,’ Kassing added. ‘And therefore it was not seen, at least by most people commenting, as a legitimate or alternative fan tradition.’ Those posting in defense of the vuvuzela used humor and irony to make their points. Comments included, ‘Who let all the locals in, honking their strange instruments, dancing around and having a good time. Football should be watched in silence,’ along with, ‘The incessant droning noise completely destroys the pleasure of watching the sport on TV. Please ban Formula 1 immediately’.”

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