We want to let you know that the new issue of Flow: A Critical Forum
on Television and Media Culture is available at http://flowtv.org.
This issue features columns from: Paul Booth, Catherine Coker and
Candace Benefiel, Michael Dwyer, Jen Gunnels and M. Flourish Klink,
David Jenneman, Eve Ng, Tom Phillips, and Olivier J. Tchouaffe
This issue's columns in brief:
"Fandom In/As the Academy" by Paul Booth
A look at the specific pedagogical value of fandom as an activity and
how it can be appropriated in a variety of educational contexts.
"We Have Met the Fans, and They Are Us: In Defense of Aca-Fans and
Scholars" by Catherine Coker and Candace Benefiel
Fans hold their objects of study to a higher standard. How can the
critical study of any text succeed without the passionate and
knowledgeable participation of the scholar?
"The Gathering of the Juggalos and the Peculiar Sanctity of Fandom" by
The Gathering of the Juggalos is the scene of questionable fan
practices contrary to the noble portrait of fandom elaborated by
"'We are all together:' Fan Studies and Performance" by Jen Gunnels
and M. Flourish Klink
Gunnels and Klink argue that fan studies parallels performance studies
in discerning tensions between researcher and subject.
"Stop Being an Elitist, and Start Being an Elitist" by David Jenemann
Given how Aca-fandom has created its own canon and looks down its nose
at certain cultural forms like sports broadcasting, we could use a
little of Adorno's elitism in the discipline today.
"Telling Tastes: (Re)producing Distinction in Popular Media Studies" by Eve Ng
What we study and how we learn to talk about it is productive of our
identities along mostly covert dimensions of power. How do scholars
distinguish themselves from the mainstream critics?
"Embracing the 'Overly Confessional:' Scholar-Fandom and Approaches to
Personal Research" by Tom Phillips
A scholar argues that embracing an "overly confessional" approach to
his academic writing is integral to the fidelity of his research.
"Revisiting Fandom in Africa" by Olivier J. Tchouaffe
The application of fandom and its resources is not the same in all
cultures, and African fans might not be recognized as legitimate fans.
The point of this piece is to demonstrate that there is a unifying
figure of American domination of mass culture.
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