Thursday Title – Fans, Bloggers and Gamers by Henry Jenkins

Bringing together the highlights of a decade and a half of groundbreaking research into the cultural life of media consumers, Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers takes readers from Jenkins’s progressive early work defending fan culture against those who would marginalize or stigmatize it, through to his more recent work, combating moral panic and defending Goths and gamers in the wake of the Columbine shootings. Starting with an interview on the current state of fan studies, this volume maps the core theoretical and methodological issues in Fan Studies. It goes on to chart the growth of participatory culture on the web, take up blogging as perhaps the most powerful illustration of how consumer participation impacts mainstream media, and debate the public policy implications surrounding participation and intellectual property. – Amazon

Henry Jenkins‘s work has had a solid influence on my research about fan cultures, and though I have read many other authors about this topic, Jenkins was my point of entry. Fans, Bloggers and Games: Exploring Participatory Culture, is one of my favorite of his volumes and I highly recommend it, whether you are a scholar or simply interested in such subjects. I like that his writing is pretty straightforward and makes you think.



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