Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Television and Fanfiction Online: Finding Identity, Meaning, and Community
by Waggoner, Erin B., M.A., Gonzaga University, 2012, 87; 1531378
Abstract (Summary)

This study focuses on fanfiction culture online, particularly how the stories relate to television fandoms and a need to participate or reinterpret a text on an individual and a global level to find meaning in the encoded messages. The study follows theoretical groundwork from Stuart Hall's encoding/decoding and Walter R. Fisher's narrative paradigm. Philosophical considerations are given to communitarian ethics and how humans innately need community to successfully fulfill the need to communicate with others. Through ethnographic research, the study discovers how and why fanfiction is being used to uncover and discover identity, meaning, and community by exploring a community on fanfiction.net.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Crandall, Heather M.
Commitee: Cunningham, Carolyn
School: Gonzaga University
Department: Communication and Leadership
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Multimedia Communications
Keywords: Encoding/decoding, Ethnography, Lost girl, Narrative paradigm, Participatory culture, Television culture
Publication Number: 1531378
ISBN: 978-1-267-83455-3
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