In 2006 Henry Jenkins released Convergence Culture. It was immediately successful, going on to win awards and spawn debate across academic, industry and popular circles. In short creating the sort of buzz most authors would die for.
Henry Jenkins was a fan. He attended his first Star Wars convention while still at uni. His long-term partner is part of the world of fanzines and fan criticism. For Henry something special happens when we move from passive consumption of media content to create something new. He believed that community creation is the heart and soul of convergence culture.
Spreading the Love: A Fan’s Journey follows the story of a young Australian fan who translated her passion for a YouTube blogger into a fan fiction, gaining 4,000 readers in the process.
The podcast uses the following sources:
Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture by Henry Jenkins
Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide by Henry Jenkins
Confessions of an ACA-Fan – Henry Jenkins blog
Show Sold Separately, Promos, Spoilers and other Media Paratexts by Johnathan Gray
Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online by Crystal Abidin
The Serial Podcast and Storytelling in the Digital Age edited by Ellen McCraken
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