Pop Style Opinionfest: The Rise of Fan Culture

Posted on May 27, 2016

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OOOOOooooh, GURL. We shot our mouths off this week!

Actually, we hope that doesn’t turn out to be the case. Instead, we tried to have a considered, somewhat inside-baseball look on one of the hot topics on the pop culture scene; what The A.V. Club called “the strange entitlement of fan culture” (a phrase that comes off a little harsh to us), in a great little article that served as a launching pad for this podcast. We think we have a somewhat unique perspective, as two people who started off as uber-fanbloggers ourselves, and we used that as our starting point, giving some of our insidery stuff on the occasionally painful transition as we went from fan bloggers to general interest bloggers and critics, the one party we went to (complete with 5-minute Heidi Klum appearance) that changed our perspective on the issue forever, and then, much later, being on the receiving end of fan culture anger, whether that culture is Kristen Stewart fans or Adam Lambert fans or Outlander fans. We had a little tussle with the latter this week and – without any badmouthing or anger – used it as a discussion point about fan culture over all, bringing in recent pop culture thunderstorms over the new Ghostbusters and the fan disappointment with The 100 and how it may be shaping creative decisions in the future.

Bottom line: as with most things in life, there are good and not-so-good parts about fan culture in the age of social media and streaming platforms and we’re two opinionated bitches who found ourselves at the epicenter of it more than once in our blogging careers, both as fans and as the objects of fan frustration. And you know what that means, don’t you, darlings?

OPINIONS. And LOTS of them:

 

 

Thank you for your support in all things, kittens. You can download/subscribe to the podcast here if you’re so inclined.

 

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