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Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers: Media Consumers in a Digital Age

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Henry Jenkins"s pioneering work in the early 1990s promoted the idea that fans are among the most active, creative, critically engaged, and socially connected consumers of popular culture and that they represent the vanguard of a new relationship with mass media. Though marginal and largely invisible to the general public at the time,
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by New York University Press (first published August 15th 2006)
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Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
I'm a big fan of Henry Jenkins (does that make me a meta-fan?), because he's one of us (geeks), and he's a smart guy with a lot on the ball. This is a collection of essays he's done for various publications since his seminal work Textual Poachers came out in the early 90's.

If you want to understand fandoms and how modern communications technologies have brought geeks out of our basements and onto the front pages (Comic-Con, anybody?) then give this man a read. His is also a voice of sense and r
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I only read some of these essays - the ones that were most relevant to the research I'm doing now, but I also read a few of the others just because they looked/were interesting. This is a collection of essays, most of which were written or published previously, so there is less cohesion than I was expecting, but some useful discussions of fan, blogger, and gamer culture.
Sarah Sammis
Last semester I worked on a Web 2.0 research paper where the emphasis was on library blogging and its use by and benefit to patrons (or Patron 2.0). One of the books I came across in the process was Fans, Bloggers and Gamers by Henry Jenkins. As an ex-film theory student, I had to read the book.

This book is an update to Textual Poachers, his book about fandom and fan fiction. His contention is that the fans of yore are the bloggers and gamers of today.

The book is organized chronologically into t
Adam Bogert
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I see in Henry Jenkins, if not the scholar I'd like to be, then at least a signpost pointing in the direction I'd academically like to head. I read this book as part of a directed reading course designed to generate research ideas; to that end, it has been enormously fruitful. I particularly enjoyed the final third of the book, dealing with a post-Columbine mindset towards media and the preponderance of "media effects" in the national discourse which Jenkins suggests is extraordinarily foolhardy ...more
Elisabet Roselló
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry Jenkins lo conocí hace años por su blog y sus ensayos por web. Este blog no me ha decepcionado para nada, todo lo contrario. Es un libro recopilatorio de diversos ensayos cortos de Jenkins de su carrera, que no habían sido incluídos en otros de sus libros a lo largo de su carrera hasta 2002 aproximadamente, relacionados con los fandoms y la reinterpretación de los textos mediáticos y la relación con los productores y los canales de emisión, la cultura popular, la homosexualidad representad ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
If you haven't read Henry Jenkins, this book provides a good overview, including essays that were later developed into his most influential books, Textual Poachers and Convergence Culture. The section on video-gaming documents his participation in national debates about video-game violence following the Columbine shootings in 1999. At that point, I began to notice fallacies and misrepresentations in his depiction of his ideological opponents. The representation of the Columbine shooters does not ...more
Andy Oram
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: media
I read Jenkins's more significant book "Convergence Culture" and found this one a useful follow-up. I don't find any single, overarching point in Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers (it's a collection of distinct essays spanning several years) but as I went along, I felt that I got a deeper understanding of some interesting topics in culture, and media. For instance, what drives people to reinterpret TV shows and movies through fan fiction? Do gamers take the violence in games seriously? How can media ma ...more
Taylor Ellwood
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: academia
This is a collection of articles from Henry Jenkins, over the span of his career as a media academic. Some of the articles are good, others are less impressive, but overall he provides the reader some for thought about the evolution of pop culture studies and pop culture in general. This is a useful book for exploring some of what pop culture studies is about and providing some context as to how the academic study of pop culture has evolved as pop culture and technology have involved. It's limit ...more
Jun 14, 2007 rated it liked it
Interesting cross-section of articles on fan communities and fan culture. Some of these were dense academic papers while others were written for a more popular audience; all were interesting, but I had a definite preference for the shorter, more accessible pieces. Most were written before the explosion of fandom on the Web, but the scenarios and behaviors he describes will still seem familiar -- technology may change, but people don't. My favorite pieces were those on the relationship between vi ...more
Aug 19, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: media
Published just after the release of Convergence Culture (which I loved) last year, this book is a compilation of Professor Jenkins' articles on participatory & fan culture written over the past 15 years. The language is a bit dry and academic for my tastes, but the subject matter is fascinating - especially when we see how drastically the internet has changed how fan communities emerge, grow and interact. Also interesting, in a "I-had-no-idea-this-even-existed" kind of way, is his article on ...more
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you’re any kind of fannish, Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers will appeal to you, since some essays feel like a old fandom veteran telling you stories about what it was like back in the day when you had to tape your shows on VHS—which it is, since Jenkins is one of us. For the non-fannish, this collection asks and explores important issues, like the conflict between the old consumption of media and the new, fannish consumption of media. A worthy read.
Jun 07, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: geeks and fankids
Shelves: pop-culture
Don't be fooled by the lame title, the cringe-worthy cover photo, or the numerous explanations of the word "blog." This is actually a very intelligent, well-written, and loving look at fan culture on- and offline. Of special note is "Monsters Next Door," a father-son dialogue about portrayals of adulthood, adolescence, and adult-adolescent relationships in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very interesting and diverse look into the world of Fandom Culture. It was interesting not only to see the history of how fandom developed and grew, but also learning of the roll the internet played in growing fan culture as well.
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: academic
one of the articles on women liking slash being co-written by a male seems really forced to me, but the other articles are So interesting
Nov 05, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: technology
I skimmed this one - interesting stuff if you are interested in uncovering relationships between individuals, groups, and technology/media.
Annelise Lestrange
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cyberspace, study
I strongly agreed with a lot in this book. It was amazing :)
Yasmin Halliwell Fraser Bower
This is like reading about myself. Perfect.
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“Hello. My name is Henry. I am a fan. Somewhere in the late 1980s’, I got tired of people telling me to get a life. I wrote a book instead” 12 likes
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