Free Exploiting Fandom AUTHOR Mel Stanfill

Free Exploiting Fandom AUTHOR Mel Stanfill

Roaching it in a way that kept me focussed and sadly the text itself threw me out again and again for the author barely uses any footnotes but credits her sources within the text giving names and publication dates in brackets right after every uote direct or indirect mid sentence or not Which interrupted my flow again and again and didn t help matters at allTl dr This just wasn t the kind of book I thought it would be I thought it would be accessible with down to earth examples especially from fans fandoms perspective This book is probably a very valuable source for media students and the ike it just wasn t for me This book was too academic in its approach for my tastes and I ended up not finishing this one I wouldn t say that the book was bad as the subject matter was interesting enough for me to pick it up but I ultimately couldn t get into it Exploiting Fandom does appear to be well researched and I think that it could be appealing to the right audience Far academic in nature than I was expecting which was definitely a good thing in this instance Certainly insightful in a number of places Think it would make a decent further reading suggestion for students enrolled in a media student coursesFound the chapter covering media giants tasking fans of television shows and films with doing the work of marketing companies for free rather illuminatingWith thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC The material presented here is incredibly dense but eye opening As someone who has been involved in fandom to various degrees my entire Bloods a Rover (American Underworld Trilogy life the idea of being exploited even without my awareness is one that sat very uncomfortably with me Stanfill s arguments very much fit my personal experience of fandom but gave them a twist that made me see them in a newight The shifting view of copyright from monopoly to ownership explained so much about the way IP content is approached from a transformative perspective but eft me feeling a ittle icky In the end the uestion was not one of whether the exploitation of fandom is morally right but one focused on the fact that without knowing how and that we are being exploited we don t even have a voice at the tabl. Studies into the conversation Stanfill ooks closely at just who exactly the industry considers “proper fans” in terms of race gender age and sexuality and interrogates how digital media have influenced consumption ultimately finding that the invitation to participate is really an incitement to consume in circumscribed industry useful way.

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Eam and how industries exploit this These parts were fairly interesting and again made some very good points I would have iked to see this section expanded with specific examples though Every other section has Cooking Light Lazy Gourmet lots of examples which illustrate the arguments well but there weren t many to be found in this bit I know fandom s mere existence is a form of freeabour in itself promoting etc but it still could have been interesting to find anecdotes of fans work being used professionally or something similar Overall I think this book s topic wasn t actually as for me as I thought it would be but I still enjoyed it immensely It has well written thoroughly researched content and a cohesive narrative that brings everything together beautifully There are some well argued points to be made here and I think it raises some interesting uestions I would definitely recommend this book if you have any interest in fandom and how the industries treat their fans Just be aware that it is an academic work and so some parts might be a bit dry or Arise less compelling than others Overall Rating 45 This is a clear case of it s not you book it s me For this is a well written academic approach on how as the title suggests media industry exploits fans on variousevels The author focuses not only but mainly on sports and speculative fictionThe theme tone and structure is purely academic The first chapters deal in great detail with the author s approach work and general Archies Americana, Vol. 1 line of argumentation Fandom itself is described in detail or rather what the media industry wantsregards as fans male white hetereosexual being mostly in favour Marginalisation of groups that don t fit in this scheme is a huge and important themeThe middle part describes of how fans are exploited Be it theirack of rights vs the everchanging and all consuming TOS of the media industry or the industry s expectation of fans working paying The Book Thief living and whatnot for their showfilmteam without getting any serious recognition only and stricter TOS It s an unfair unbalanced system and it was these parts that got me thinking The final chapter draws a conclusion as to be expectedThe writing is okay ish I had difficulties app. Ntroversial to some in the field compares the “domestication of fandom” to the domestication ofivestock contending that just as ivestock are bred bigger and docile as they are domesticated so too are fans as the entertainment industry seeks to cultivate a fan base that is both useful and controllable By bringing industry studies and fan.

A wonderful book that ays out clearly and precisely how the mainstreaming of fandom has fueled the growing exploitation of fan Silver Mortal (The Gracen Chronicles, labor in a variety of ways while simultaneously producing norms that are strongly gendered and racialized My only uibble with it is that Stanfill s impeccable research has also resulted in a deluge of citations her strong clear and forceful writing would have room to breathe without the constant often redundant callbacks to other authors I received an ARC of this book thanks to Net Galley and publisher University of Iowa Press in exchange for an honest review This was such an interesting read to me When I reuested it I wasn t sure what to expect I have minor academic experience of media studies and essentially no background in business sports or any of the topics this book could come under apart from a personal interest in demographics The introduction was very dull for me as it is essentially just aist of the methodology This was probably necessary as this seems to have been adapted from a dissertation or some other academic paper but it wasn t really a great start to the book Thankfully it was uphill from there By far my favourite sections were the first two chapters which focus on how sports and the media identify and view their fans in terms of demographics Some fascinating points were made about how the industries assume default fan is a white male and how this influences both their marketing and reaction to fan behaviour The author uses a wide range of sources and examples which creates a very in depth and insightful Educating for the New World Order look at fandom as a whole Ioved this section and thought it was excellently written The next bit was about the Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock legality and fan s knowledge of theaw I must admit I did skip most of this section Law has never been interesting to me and while I was curious about fanfiction and the The Character Of An Upright Man laws surrounding that most of the focus was on fan s perception of theaw without clarifying what the actual Mr. Malcolms List law was I can see this being interesting to some but sadly it was not for me The final chapters are what I suppose the book is mainly about that is how fans engage in freeabour due to their GURPS Conspiracy X love of a worksports As and fans rush online to share their thoughts on their favorite shows or video games they might feelike the process of providing feedback is empowering However as fan studies scholar Mel Stanfill argues these industry invitations for fan participation indicate not greater fan power but rather greater fan usefulness Stanfill’s argument co.

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