OTW Fannews: Fans running the culture

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  • Arthur Chu wrote at the Daily Beast about Battlestar Galactica as the turning point for fanfiction invading popular culture. “[T]echnological change has accelerated to the point where nerdy and obsessive and living inside your own personal fantasy world you seek to realize is not only no longer the liability it once was, it’s practically a requirement for the new economy. Try getting a job at a ‘disruptive’ Web 2.0 start-up and saying that your favorite entertainment is reassuring sitcoms about ordinary domestic life. The creepy kid who was once ostracized for drawing weird futuristic cityscapes populated by cyborgs all day is now your boss, and his utopian/dystopian vision for the future just got him a million-dollar round of investor capital.”
  • Mary Grace Garis at Elle agrees, discussing how fanfiction made her a writer. “[W]e live in a weird postmodern society that celebrates media reinvention. People livetweet Scandal and then write think pieces on why Olivia should end up alone. They form snarky communities in the comment section of episode recaps. They create dialogues, make critiques, and most of all, take creative agency with these texts, be it in the form of memes or mashups. So knowing this, as well as insider language that communicates fan ideas and beliefs, is valuable currency in this economy.”
  • Alan Kistler wrote at The Mary Sue about a psychology of cult TV panel. “Scarlet added, ‘I think that TV shows allow us to form a really important connection at a time when we really need it.’ She then had the audience show, by raising their hands, how many of them had gone through something difficult in their lives and then saw the experience or the feelings surrounding it reflected in a favorite TV show, book or comic book. Many hands went up. Scarlet said, ‘It can feel really validating and you can feel like someone gets it . . . Over time, we learn to trust characters. We learn to open up with them, we become vulnerable with them.'”
  • The Phillipine Daily Inquirer discussed the pop-culturization of Philippine mythology. “‘Our teen readers gobble up YA novels from the US. They’re reading! We should give them Filipino YA novels to gobble up.’ The Philippine Board on Books for Young People, of which Sabido is chair, is putting together a 2014 middle grade and YA novel writing workshop called ‘Kabanata.’ ‘We hope the workshop will produce 10 novels in English and 10 novels in Filipino.'” They hope to hook readers by developing fan communities. “‘We’re really hoping people would contribute their fan art and fan fiction when they finally get to know the world of Janus Silang’.”

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