By Sharon Marie Ross
Past the field provides scholars and sofa potatoes alike a greater realizing of what it capacity to observe tv in an period of profound technological swap.
- Charts the revolution in tv viewing that's presently underway in residing rooms the world over
- Probes how the InternetвЂ™s improvement has altered how tv is made and fed on
- Looks at a variety of issues and programmes - from vote casting practices on American Idol to on-line boards for Buffy the Vampire Slayer enthusiasts
- Offers a clean and leading edge viewpoint that makes a speciality of the shift in viewers adventure and the way it has blurred confirmed obstacles
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As each season went on, I think it became more difficult to follow for a casual viewer; it seemed that each episode built on previous ones. This would make it hard to enjoy if you didn’t have the background or take the time to go online and find it. (Tina, my emphasis) Thus, in line with scholarship on cult fandom, these viewers emphasize the complexity of these programs’ structures and webs of information, highlighting as well that this results in viewers needing to work at unraveling their texts.
11 The episodes I discussed above clearly offer visions of fans engaged in such activities (Xena fans gathering clips of the show, a fan of Buffy-the-character writing a new “story” with the help of a spell), lending more specificity to my argument that these series recognized the existence of fans – and specifically that the shows recognized the existence of cult fans. And my descriptions of actual online fan activities suggest that these visions are not misplaced. Indeed, the complex storytelling at work in both series seems to demand unraveling and a “playing with” – and the Internet provides a convenient and pleasurable forum in which viewers can puzzle out the world of these programs.
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