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Fandom: A Look at Fan Participation in the Current Media 2

  1. 1. Fandom: A Look at Fan Participation in the Current Media Rachel Eisterhold March 25, 2010 Edited in Gimp
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  3. 3. Hypotheses <ul><li>H1: Fans found to have extreme (fanatic) lifestyles and daily routines will have a higher education, obtain more information about the subject of which they are a fan and, express their interest over many different mediums of the media. </li></ul><ul><li>H2: Fans will try to prove their “fanship” of a particular media through their daily interactions with others. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This may be seen as a competition for who is “the best fan” within a group or community. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>H3: Fans will find ways to incorporate their idea of fandom into their everyday life, including interaction with others that share the same feelings. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Research Questions <ul><li>R1: How do fans show their support/participation of a fan society? </li></ul><ul><li>R2: What is the point at which an average fan becomes an extreme fan in today’s society? </li></ul><ul><li>R3: In being an extreme fan of something, what other qualities will that person possess, in terms of specific relationships and interactions with the media? </li></ul><ul><li>R4: What trends exist between the level of participation in a fandom and age, gender and education </li></ul>
  5. 5. Method <ul><li>“ Fandom in Today’s Media” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>253 participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mean age: 21.98 years </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Range: 18-64 years </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Adolescent and mature participants to find: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Differences in media expression and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different attitudes and practices of fandom </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. R1: How do fans show their support/participation of a fan society? 16.2% 2.7% 27.0% 24.8% 8.1% 8.1% 13.5% 27.7% 24.9% 19.7% 4.7% 6.2% 6.5% 4.8% 5.2%
  7. 7. H1 : Fans found to have extreme (fanatic) lifestyles and daily routines will express their interest over many different mediums of the media <ul><li>Supported </li></ul>Creative Commons photo
  8. 8. R2: What is the point at which an average fan becomes an “extreme” fan in today’s society?
  9. 9. H2: Fans will try to prove their “fanship” of a particular media through their daily interactions with others. This may be seen as a competition for who is “the best fan” within a group or community. <ul><li>Not supported </li></ul>
  10. 10. R3: In being an extreme fan of something, what other qualities will that person possess, in terms of specific relationships and interactions with the media? <ul><li>Feels more comfortable around the same fans </li></ul><ul><li>(positive correlation) </li></ul><ul><li>Does not seeks out fans in the </li></ul><ul><li>same fandom </li></ul><ul><li>(no correlation) </li></ul>
  11. 11. H3: Fans will find ways to incorporate their idea of fandom into their everyday life, including interaction with others that share the same feelings. <ul><li>Supported </li></ul>Creative Commons photo
  12. 12. R4: What trends exist between the level of participation in a fandom and age , gender, and education?
  13. 13. R4: What trends exist between the level of participation in a fandom and age, gender , and education?
  14. 14. R4: What trends exist between the level of participation in a fandom and age, gender, and education ? <ul><li>There is no definite trend between education and fandom although there are “transition” years in which fandom varies </li></ul><ul><li>(i.e. high school to college and college to post-grad) </li></ul>Edited in Gimp
  15. 15. <ul><li>Not determined </li></ul>H1: Fans found to have extreme (fanatic) lifestyles and daily routines will have a higher education. Creative Commons photo
  16. 16. Challenges <ul><li>The sample was difficult to work with because the difference between adolescent and mature and female and male </li></ul><ul><li>Fandom is such a vague area and society contributes a lot of influence into this area </li></ul>
  17. 17. Image Credits <ul><li>http://languageisavirus.com/harry-potter/layouts/harry-potter/harry-potter-chamber-of-secrets.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.giftsforthegeek.com.au/images/catalog/category50.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://nerdgirltalking.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/twilight-movie-poster.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://search.creativecommons.org/# </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.democracycellproject.net/blog/archives/question_mark3.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.york.ac.uk/admin/hr/training/gtu/images/survey.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.msichicago.org/fileadmin/press/harry_potter/MSI_HarryPotter_0039.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.negotiationlawblog.com/uploads/image/question-mark-dice.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mindwurx.net/images/NoSymbol.gif </li></ul>

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