Okay everyone - personal post! I have a huge favor to ask. I am currently writing my MA thesis on the use of Images in internet fandom communities - specifically SuperWhoLock, and specifically on Tumblr and Pinterest. That’s (probably) you!
I am looking for any and all thoughts on why images are important to fandom, and I’m using the word ‘image’ very loosely here - I’m talking about screencaps, manips, original art, AU and mashup photo sets or trailers, gifs and gif sets, etc. If it is fandom based and has a visual component, it probably applies.
- Why are images important in fandom? (if you think they’re not, you’re welcome to express that as well)
- How do you think the rise of visual social media platforms like Tumblr and Pinterest have affected internet fan communities?
- Any other thoughts that pop into your head…
I have created a survey that basically asks the same questions, but I’m only allowed the track 100 responses there, so if some people wanted to just send me their thoughts to my ask box that would be more than okay. (Read: amazing.) Oh and if you repost this, or send it to fandom hot beds that would also be amazing.
Okay, I think that’s it - thank you so much, you guys are the best! (Seriously, you are. If I didn’t really believe that, I never would have decided to write about this topic, so you know I’m not lying!)
I don’t post a lot of non fan art related stuff, but I thought this one needed to be reblogged right away. I am a grad student myself and I understand how important the research going into your thesis can be. Honestly, bros, it’s a major part of getting your degree.
That being said, I am hoping that some of you might see this and want to help a student out. The supernatural fanbase prides itself on being a caring community so please take some time and take the survey.
And don’t be scared to get involved. Any opinion you express could spark an interesting avenue for exploration.