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Unformatted text preview: Van Zoonen Ch. 4 Connections: The Fan Democracy 18:00 How does fandom in the context of TV relate to citizenship? Pop culture activates audiences into discussion and participation Audience members might watch shows in groups, talk about the content of programming; turns it into a social event Refutes notion that people are passive recipients of content; people use the content for social purposes, emotional investment, relations to their own lives VZ says, Audience-participation programs such as Big Brother and Pop Idol make visible what audience research has claimed extensively: that audiences are not the passive couch potatoes, the mindless dupes, or the vulnerable victims that they are often made out to be by TV critics (p. 55) Daniel Dayan (2001) Acknowledges the parallels between fan groups and civic groups Fans become publics distinct pockets of fans This parallels what happens in political science; issue publics Pockets of people politicized by a specific issue (Ex. Environment, abortion, gay rights, etc.) Characteristics that the fan groups and political issue publics share...
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