4-1 discussion: fandoms and the humanities

Review the module resources and overview, then select a popular culture fandom you find interesting. You do not have to be a member of this fandom to review it for this week’s discussion. Analyze the social message that is associated with the fandom.

In your initial post, briefly describe the fandom you selected and address the following:

  • Looking through the humanities lens, why does this example attract fans? For instance, what are the underlying themes around beliefs and values expressed by the series?
  • How does the fandom represent itself? How do fans recognize fellow members?
  • What is the latent (or unintended) social message or commentary that is reflected by this example?
  • What are the social implications of this message? Briefly discuss any potential social impact or response to the example.

Please cite scholarly sources