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Digital Fandom 2.0

New Media Studies


Paul Booth

In this completely revised and updated version of Digital Fandom, Paul Booth extends his analysis of fandom in the digital environment. With new chapters that focus on the economics of crowdfunding, the playfulness of Tumblr, and the hybridity of the fan experience, alongside revised chapters that explore blogs, wikis, and social networking sites, Digital Fandom 2.0 continues to develop the «philosophy of playfulness» of the contemporary fan. Booth’s analysis reveals the many facets of the digital fan experience, including hybrid fandom, demediation, and the digi-gratis economy. With a foreword from noted fan scholar Matt Hills, Booth's new Digital Fandom 2.0 shows the power of the fan in the digital age.


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I am indebted to so many people, both for this second edition and for shaping my thoughts on fandom and fan studies over the past decade. I’m particularly grateful to the folks at Peter Lang—Mary Savigar in particular—who sug- gested I undertake this revision in the first place. It has been a real learning experience to go back to this, my first major work, and see how much has changed (and how much really hasn’t). I’m also grateful to Steve Jones, the editor of the Digital Formations series, for his help in guiding the first edition into publication. I learned a lot from him over breakfast at Lou Mitchell’s back in 2009. The following permissions are gratefully acknowledged. I presented por- tions of the introduction at the 2008 meeting of the National Communi- cation Association in San Diego, CA, and at Columbia College Chicago’s Cultural Studies Department colloquium series (October 1, 2009), and am grateful to Ann Hertzel Gunkel and Jaafar Aksikas for feedback. Sections of chapter 3 were published in Winter 2009 in Narrative Inquiry 19, no. 2 as “Narractivity and the Narrative Database: Media-Based Wikis as Interactive Fan Fiction” (used with kind permission by John Benjamins Publishing Com- pany, Amsterdam/Philadelphia, Portions of chapter 4 were published in December 2008 in Critical Studies in Media Communication 25 no. 5 as “Re-Reading Fandom: MySpace Character Personas and Narrative xxii digital fandom 2.0 Identification” (used with kind permission by Taylor & Francis, New York, Some new material in...

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