This paper explores the way in which fans incorporate and deploy elements of a media text in order to frame the terms for their own identity construction in online environments. Through a critical discourse analysis of fans of two media properties, this research explores the way the foundations of two media texts facilitate or deny a fan’s sense of authority over those terms. The nature of the two media texts also shapes and defines the corresponding fan communities, which themselves affirm and deny a fan’s authority over their own identity performance. This analysis demonstrates the way in which media environment which actively courts participation yields a stronger sense of fan authority.
Keywords: fans, fandom, identity formation, identity performance, YouTube
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Communication, Multimedia Communications|
|Keywords:||Fandom, Identity formation, Media environment, YouTube|
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