Fandom can be an unfamiliar and alarming world – from K-pop fans licking toilet seats to metal heads clashing with right-wing conspiracy groups on Twitter – with children and adolescents being vulnerable.
There are ways we can assist our children. One method would be teaching them about fandom and online security measures.
How can I use Fandom?
By joining or creating a fandom, you can immerse yourself in any world you choose. Social media allows fans to follow accounts dedicated to their chosen subject; account curators (sometimes the subject themselves, sometimes PR agents, and often fans themselves) share news and updates regularly on these platforms; apps also exist so fans can stay up-to-date.
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What is Fandom?
Fandom refers to any group of individuals who share an interest in something. This could range from celebrities, sports teams or TV shows to hobbies like model building. Fans often become very passionate about their subjects of interest and may connect both online and off. Some create content that interests them, such as fan art or fiction, while others may blog or review products related to that hobby – some even create their conventions or games dedicated to those subjects!
Henry Jenkins states that fandoms can serve as resistance against traditional media culture. According to him, fan fiction, fan videos, and folk music explore themes or aspects of source materials not explored or accepted by mainstream media; for instance, feminists within Star Trek fandom may critique its gender stereotypes through their creative works.
Jimmy Wales, co-creator of Wikipedia and Wikimedia Foundation, established fandom. As with its counterparts, Fandom offers free and ad-supported services with various pop culture wikis hosted therein. Although often considered the commercial counterpart to Wikipedia, its staff insist that Fandom remains independent from Wikimedia.
What is the purpose of Fandom?
Fandom brings together those interested in particular media properties such as movies, TV shows, music artists, books, and video games. Fans can unite around these interests by creating art or writing about it, organizing events or conventions, and connecting through social media networks with fellow fans.
The internet has enabled fans to interact and engage with their favorite media globally. Fandom often manifests in online communities like fan websites, forums, and chat rooms, which may feature millions of members or can remain intimate groups of enthusiasts.
Media can help fans stay engaged by providing new content and updates that keep fans excited for upcoming releases, creating excitement and anticipation amongst followers.
Fandoms also allow fans to express themselves and their identities and feelings through expression through dressing up like their favorite character or cosplaying (creating costumes). While many people experience positive things from participating in fandom, its participation can have negative repercussions, such as disconnecting from reality or prioritizing fandom interests over other aspects of life – leading to unhealthy obsessions or negative interpersonal interactions.