Affinity Spaces And  How  They   Work
What is an &quot;Affinity Space?&quot; <ul><li>An affinity space consists of a group of people who are brought together by...
Hayes' Concept <ul><ul><li>Affinity spaces provide a different features than what may be found in schools. </li></ul></ul>...
Gee's Concept <ul><li>The internet has provided people with a way to &quot;defeat standardization.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li...
Example:   H o m e s t u c k <ul><li>A more &quot;colorful&quot; example of an affinity space would be the &quot;fandom&qu...
Homestuck: The Fandub Episode 1 by: HomestuckTheFanDub @ Youtube
&quot;Fandoms&quot; <ul><li>People who with involvement to affinity spaces based off of a television  series, book, comic,...
Why   Affinity   Spaces   Work <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They provide a sense of community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><l...
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  1. 1. Affinity Spaces And How They Work
  2. 2. What is an &quot;Affinity Space?&quot; <ul><li>An affinity space consists of a group of people who are brought together by one common interest. Be it that they are a fan of a particular webcomic or into baking pies, it is a social group formed by an appreciation or love of something else and where relationships can develop between the active people in a group from there. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of an Affinity Space: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web forums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MMORPGs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fan-made blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comic Conventions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Groups/Clubs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regardless of where an affinity group takes place, the people involved are able to meet and begin developing bonds with others, regardless of age, gender, race or looks. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Hayes' Concept <ul><ul><li>Affinity spaces provide a different features than what may be found in schools. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Younger members often have more available to them by means of socializing in different areas. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Affinity spaces are more available through today's technology. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiences found within an affinity space are often in contrast with those found in schools. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Socializing over a specific interest </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fan-produced websites which provide more information on a given Affinity Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>These websites can provide access to information, art and news that may not be available directly through the original source of the affinity space. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Affinity spaces over a given object are for everyone. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They promote and support new information and the communication of resources. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They require participation and can include various activities for members to enjoy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dispersion of Knowledge can be found through social links. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People with zero common interests can build relationships simply for sharing similar tastes in one common pleasure. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Features of an affinity space can be used and allocated within educational facilities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of segregation and individual knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides an entirely new style of learning to students by allowing open, unsegregated movement by way of affinity space.  </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Gee's Concept <ul><li>The internet has provided people with a way to &quot;defeat standardization.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>People seek experiences through various means. </li></ul> 
  5. 5. Example: H o m e s t u c k <ul><li>A more &quot;colorful&quot; example of an affinity space would be the &quot;fandom&quot; of a very popular webcomic, Homestuck. Homestuck provides a great affinity group due to its popularity. The website for the comic (MSPaintAdventures.com) features a forum where fans can discuss current updates, as well as many social groups away from the main website. Fans gather everywhere from finding each other through Tumblr to having real-life meetups with local fans. By being interested in this comic, many people have been able to get to know each other and build everlasting bonds with unexpected friends. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, in this particular group, there is no demographic. Fans are of all ages, gender and race. </li></ul><ul><li>Popular Places for Homestuck Fans: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MSPaintAdventures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tumblr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DeviantArt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What Fans Do Together: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss updates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write &quot;fanfiction&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw fanart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cosplay </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Homestuck: The Fandub Episode 1 by: HomestuckTheFanDub @ Youtube
  7. 7. &quot;Fandoms&quot; <ul><li>People who with involvement to affinity spaces based off of a television series, book, comic, anime, or movie consider themselves part of what they call a &quot;fandom.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>A fandom is the group of people who take part in expressing their love for something and each fandom has a different name. </li></ul><ul><li>Where Star Trek fans are often called &quot;Trekkies,&quot; people in the Homestuck group are known as &quot;Homestucks.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Homestucks often involve themselves in activities from writing fanfiction and drawing fan art to cosplaying as their favorite characters at various comic conventions in their areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Just about anything with a storyline has an active fandom for any fan to join in on. </li></ul>GIF image by SurpriseSavages101, Wikimedia
  8. 8. Why Affinity Spaces Work <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They provide a sense of community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They bring people together in safer environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They allow for better socializing among those who may not feel comfortable in face-to-face interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They promote creativity and thought process. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No specific demographic. </li></ul></ul>
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