OTW Fannews: Personal Connections

Room with lots of Elvis paraphernalia. Text reads Personal Connections

  • NPR profiled the legacy of Elvis fan, Paul MacLeod. His tribute to Elvis’s home, dubbed Graceland 2, has become his town’s biggest visitor draw. “In 1990, he opened his house to visitors to show off his enormous hoard of Elvis memorabilia. But it soon became clear that the real attraction was MacLeod. YouTube videos give an idea why: MacLeod guided visitors through his house like a deranged carnival barker. He never stopped talking…MacLeod’s devotion to ‘the king’ drove away his second wife and alienated his son. But it also transformed him from mere fan into what Elvis scholar Vernon Chadwick calls an outsider artist.”
  • At Zap2It, Boob Tube Dude took note of the 10th anniversary of Lost. “The content of television shows, so this viewpoint goes, is designed to satisfy the cravings of its fans and reward them for viewing loyalty. This viewpoint gets things backwards, however. Television shows are created from a central point of view, and the best ones follow their own muse. The fact that anyone relates to that point of view is something of a miracle, especially in a day and age in which entertainment options are more diffuse and appeal to more distinct demographics than ever. But make no mistake: The idea that any show is creating something specifically for you is an illusion…In the best cases, it creates a symbiosis between audience and show that makes it feel as if the former were made for the latter.”
  • New York’s Daily News cited a study of Fifty Shades of Grey readers to suggest that their health problems might be interconnected with their choice of books — at least if they were young. “Amy Bonomi, chairwoman of human development at Michigan State, led the study of 655 women ages 18 to 24. Despite the book’s popularity with older women, Bonomi told the News that she studied younger women because their brains are at a critical developmental stage and they are exploring their sexuality more. ‘Studies like this have been done before,’ she said, noting analyses linking violent television to violent behavior and magazines to body image. ‘(But) nobody’s really done it for fiction.'”

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