I apologize for the huge delay between this post and the previous one. I have to admit, as much as I believe in the work of keeping open lines of communication with the members of the fandom community, it can be difficult to stay on top of everything. Additionally, I’ve been struggling with some long-term health issues that won’t go away overnight. Thus, the wise reader should expect updates very occasionally, though you’re always welcome to send me a personal note at email@example.com and I’m usually much better about responding to those.
One more time, the link: https://www.academia.edu/s/212b5380ab?source=link
While I welcome constructive criticism and critique, and I do intend to return to this paper at a later date, I don’t expect that date will come very soon. I have some concerns about legitimizing a model of fandom that depends on a binary that places white men in opposition to everyone else. That is certainly an element running throughout our culture, but I’d rather propose alternative models of understanding that don’t homogenize all underrepresented groups into a monolithic, singularly-focused entity. Given the option to re-do this research I would have fought harder against certain criticisms and sought to designate more attention to this issue. Nonetheless, this research indicates that there are significant differences in how certain individuals experience and partake in fandom.
If you like, you can now be done with this blog (or mailing list!) and depart. However, I am now beginning the second year of my doctoral studies at USC Annenberg and I will be undertaking more and greater projects in fandom, media studies, game studies, and cultural studies. In all respects I am dedicated to furthering equality and opportunity for minorities of all kinds. Because I can only spread myself so far, you will find that I tend to focus on women, african-americans and LGBT people because those are identities I claim and empathize with deeply. However, my support for oppressed and underrepresented people is not limited to those groups. If you have a suggestion for research in another vein I’d be glad to hear it. (Again, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org).
I tell you this because I will be converting this list and website into a general home for all of my research going forward. If you would like to unsubscribe from the mailing list, click here:
Finally, if you want to get more directly involved with the work I’m doing, please apply to join “Social Justice Action Team 6,” a facebook group I recently created to network with members of a diversity of fandoms who have a passion for social justice issues. When you apply to join, include a note that you came from the FAUG page/list.