Fans and the public sphere

Do the forum posts that you see on fan websites, video gamer blogs, etc give us any insight into that type of citizen that thrives in today’s society? Andy Ruddock maps out a space of anaylsis connecting studies on popular culture (celebrity, fans, pleasure) and issues of democracy and the public sphere. Ruddock proposes that “fan studies are useful as they allow us to reflect on the sorts of citizenship one can expect within today’s media cultures. The point if (sic) asking these questions is to create a platform from which critical audience research can be seen to engage with matters of media and public policy.” (8)

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