I discussed among my selves whether or not to write an introductory post (name, rank, serial number). My first attempts at an autobiographical introduction began in a manner I found akin to my muffled, disjointed ramblings when I’m confronted with the question, “What do you do?”
I gave up. My first post is instead some recent thoughts inspired by hyperlinking through fandom during the course of my research.
Teenage fandom and the Internet for company
Fandom came to me late in life – at least relative to the aca-fan confessions of several distinguished authors on the subject – at the age of 18 when I moved away from home to university. Perhaps the migration to a new personal and social context enabled an instinctive bud of fandom to bloom, or perhaps I purposefully sought something with which to cultivate the bare soil of my new surroundings. I could search my developmental years and extract indicators of future academic and fannish occupations, but it is slim pickings unless I get creative. Teenage fandom, then, at any level more elaborate than cutting-out Jason Donovan pictures from Smash Hits! or scribbling ‘AN luvs RK’ (bonus points if you guess who RK is) in an exercise book, is new to me. My empirical knowledge of modern teenagers is limited to the media and to what activities I witness in public spaces. Continue reading