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On the importance of presence within fandom spaces

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Presence and copresence in Goffman’s sense are some of the main building blocks of fandom groups in online spaces. This article provides a definition of both especially developed to take the online environment of fandom into account. At the same time, a framework for analysis and design of fandom spaces is developed and used on existing fandom spaces.
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Keywords: copresence; fandom spaces; framework for analysis and design; participation; presence

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Aalborg University

Publication date: June 1, 2017

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  • The multi – disciplinary nature of fan studies makes the development of a community of scholars sometimes difficult to achieve. The Journal of Fandom Studies seeks to offer scholars a dedicated publication that promotes current scholarship into the fields of fan and audience studies across a variety of media. It focuses on the critical exploration, within a wide range of disciplines and fan cultures, of issues surrounding production and consumption of popular media (including film, music, television, sports and gaming), The journal aims to address key issues in fans studies itself, while also fostering new areas of enquiry that take us beyond the bounds of current scholarship.
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