This is where we’ll talk about Liza Potts’ “Can’t Stop the Fandom: Writing Participation in the Firefly ’Verse.” In some ways, this might not be quite as useful this term as it has been in the past when I’ve done this assignment because I don’t think (or maybe I just don’t remember?) any of you are following very fan-specific social media sites. And as I re-read it now, I also think it might fit better in with an assignment I’m doing in 328: Writing, Style and Technology right now. A couple of quick things to get you started:
- If you were a fan of the show Firefly, you probably appreciate this project a lot more than those who weren’t fans. There’s not much I can do to fix that one way or the other, though I do think there are probably a few browncoats amongst us?
- The big thing here to think about once again is the methodology in terms of how she structures her research. And for those of you who are interested in fan culture, both with your social media project or other similar projects, the things that Potts is referencing might be useful to think about. And beyond the theory stuff, just the idea of how Potts is analyzing her social media community here around the various objects from the show.
- I think this is also another example of some of the kinds of decisions you might want to think about as you design your text to hypertext project. This is not something you could just “print out” and experience the same way, and that’s part of the point. That’s particularly true with the “Objects” part.
- And while I don’t expect any of you to add this to your web sites, the “Reavers” link is pretty cool. 🙂