Influence of Fandom on Film Production

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This is a Research Proposal Paper on the topic of Influence of Fandom on Film Production, which needs at least three scholar from the annotated bibliography.

Research proposal papers should include the following components:

  • An introduction to the project and why it matters
  • A primary research question and thesis statement
  • Research method (how you are going to answer your questions?)
  • A Literature Review (an organized analysis of sources that help illuminate your topic)
  • A brief conclusion outlining your preliminary findings and laying the ground for the rest of your research paper.

The largest part of your short paper should be dedicated to the literature review, which sets up the background information necessary to understand your study and to understand where it fits in the current literature. The "core" of your review of literature should be a synthesis of scholarship that relates to your general topic (and perhaps your more specific topic), and which shows that you understand the conversation already happening on this issue and how your research paper will join into that conversation. You should already have at least three scholarly sources from your annotated bibliography. You may need to add more to produce a substantive analysis of the literature. Remember that most of the scholarly sources you’ve gathered should themselves include literature review sections. Build on their work.

You should organize your literature review as a "reverse pyramid" with the most general information related to your topic or focus of study first, then working your way to scholarly articles or book chapters that are more relevant or that address your topic more specifically. You can also use your literature review to demonstrate where there is a "gap" in the scholarship that your project may fill (this is a more sophisticated, but generally more effective way of using the literature review).

Your literature review also works to establish the relevance of your research (why there is a need and/or interest for it), and to emphasize your (the author's) unique contribution to the scholarship that already exists. Further, it allows you to advance your own argument in your essay by pointing to supporting evidence (scholarship) and any possible oversights (where your work will offer a correction or a new perspective).

While the goal of this paper is to set up your larger research project, it should also stand on its own as a cohesive, coherent essay.

Empirical Sources: TEDxNYED - Henry Jenkins - 03/06/10 This is a TedTalk video that Henry Jenkins talks about the participatory culture, the later portion of his speech mainly focuses on fan culture, and fandom’s existence in politics. Scholarly Articles: Bury, R. (2016). Technology, fandom and community in the second media age. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 23(6), 627-642. doi:10.1177/1354856516648084 This academic journal examines the relationship between fandom and new media technology in second media age, including platforms like Tumblr, etc. It tells that not all platforms enable the formation of online community. This journal helps understanding the relationship between online community especially fandom and media technology. It also provides a clear view of the history or origin of the fandom, additionally the evolution of the fandom. The method of dividing the second media age into three sections related to ‘periods’ is reasonable. Dean, J. (2017). Politicising fandom. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 19(2), 408-424. doi:10.1177/1369148117701754 This article argues how fandom matters in politics in three parts. It first emphasizes the capacity of fan communities to intervene politically, and the second part provides an initial theorization of politicized fandom, highlighting four key elements: productivity and consumption, community, affect and contestation, the third part analyzes the actual cases of politicized fandom in UK left politics: Russell Brand, Milifandom and Corbyn-mania. Dean analyzes fandom from political perspective, and gradually explains the theorization of politicized fandom through real cases. This article helps analyzing the influential impact of the fandom in politics. Galuszka, P. (2014). New Economy of Fandom. Popular Music and Society, 38(1), 25-43. doi:10.1080/03007766.2014.974325 This journal explores five new roles that fans can play: sponsors, co-creators of value, stakeholders, investors, and filters. These new roles enable fans to create the new economy of fandom, a condition in which empowered fan communities use the democratizing potential of new social media to communicate and cooperate with artists, without the mediation of the traditional recording industry. This article may not be useful to analyze the impact of fandom on entire economy, yet it helps understand the music market and fans’ role in music industry. The article provides real cases show what artists and fans can offer each other in the absence of the traditional recording industry. Spence, J. (2014). Labours of Love: Affect, Fan Labour, And the Monetization of Fandom. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. Retrieved from In this journal, the author argues that fan activities and activism are motivated by affect, which in turn drives the affective, immaterial, and digital labor that makes up fandom. Through analyzing on the cases of “As the World Turns”, “Torchwood”, and “Chuck”, it explains the gift economy that fandom operates on and the monetization. Jennifer Spence, a graduate student from the University of Western Ontario, explores the ways in which fan labor intersects with the dominant capitalist interests of mainstream media culture and considers how fans understand and position their own fannish practices and labor. This journal could be really useful while analyzing the impact of fandom on gift economy and fan labor related issues. Class reading: Jordan, G. (1994). Introduction: What Are Cultural Politics? Cultural Politics: Class, Gender, Race, and the Postmodern World. 3-23. The way this article defines cultural politics will help me analyzing the influence of fandom’s role in politics; people engaging in movements and dressing as part of fandom is persuasive. Held, D., Moore, H. L., & Young, K. (2009). Cultural politics in a global age: uncertainty, solidarity and innovation. Oxford: Oneworld. Held and Moore are pointing out that it is insufficient to categorize, or group people based on ethnicity or geographical boundary. I believe the formation of fandom is sharing the similar concept, people in fandom does not form in to a community just because they are “geographically localized” but sharing same interest or idea. This will be useful for me to analyzing the formation of fandom through the idea of community.

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