Shippers and anti-fan fans in Smallville fandom

Ed note: This is paper/project about Smallville fans that I recently completed for a media audiences course at Indiana University. “[C]learly anti-fans construct an image of the text – and, what is more, an image they feel is accurate – sufficiently enough that they can react to and against it.” – Jonathan Gray[1] Most texts … Continue reading Shippers and anti-fan fans in Smallville fandom

Catching up on DVD — What changes?

One of the best TV critics around, Myles McNutt, has a poll up on his web site right now that will help him choose what series to catch up on via DVD here in the coming months. Obviously, DVD has done wonders for television viewers. We can wait until a entire season -- or series … Continue reading Catching up on DVD — What changes?

Twitter and TV viewing: Pay attention to me!

In the last week, a couple of stories have been written about the growing use of Twitter during live television events and the interactive culture created by it. So obviously, people have taken to Twitter to talking about, which allowed me to find the articles. The NY Times' Brian Stelter wrote on Tuesday about the … Continue reading Twitter and TV viewing: Pay attention to me!

The dead-end “dead” serial discussion: It’s not happening

I've talked a lot about serialized television lately, and it seems like a lot of TV critics and scholars have the same thing on their mind with Lost coming to an end. In the past few weeks, a slew of articles and columns have hit the web about the topic, with some writing the serials eulogy. … Continue reading The dead-end “dead” serial discussion: It’s not happening

‘Chuck’ versus the Ridiculous Fan Reaction

FACT: NBC series Chuck has a ridiculously active fanbase. For anyone who doesn't know, the fans -- which included critics like Alan Sepinwall and Mo Ryan -- of the series helped organize a slew of "Save Chuck" campaigns last spring, including pilgrimages to Subway, a sponsor of the show, and a number of social media-related outputs. For … Continue reading ‘Chuck’ versus the Ridiculous Fan Reaction