Hierarchy Of Fandom

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The Hierarchy of Fandom: What Does It Mean to be a “True” Fan?
Fandoms are a culturally constructed phenomenon set on setting distinctions between one fan from the next. It can be defined as a “collective of people organized socially around their shared appreciation of a pop culture object or objects” (Baym, 2007, cited in McCudden, 2011). he amount of media consumed in relation to your fanhood is dependent upon the amount of time you are willing to commit. In this essay, I will explore what it means to be a fan, and whether or not one’s expression of fandom equals one’s validity as a fan.

What Is a Fan and Fanhood?
To begin discussing fanhood, one has to define what it means to be a fan. A fan is a shortened version of ‘fanatic,’ which comes from the Latin root word ‘fanum’ meaning “temple” (Fan, n.d). A fan is someone who is “marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion” (Fanatic, n.d.). The first recorded use of fan was in 1885 in the Kansas City Times, where Ted Sullivan, American baseball player, cited being a ‘fan’ of baseball (Snyder, 2011). …show more content…

Henry Jenkins, media scholar, and fan researcher defined the two by a ‘watcher’ casually enjoying by reading/watching something, while a fan is someone who looks for more. This “more” is reading more on the subject, watching behind-the-scenes videos, and doing anything that can lead you to engage in more dialogue with others who feel the same, the fandom (Jenkins, 2006). Fans are defined by participatory actions and gathering more information than the average watcher. There are varying levels of how much information one can

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