Has Fandom Gone Too Far? – Episode 073

July 22, 2016

Fandom brings artists and storytellers the opportunity to create art for a waiting and eager audience. Fans can be brought in to give feedback early, which helps both the fans and the creator. But sometimes fans can go too far. Their affection for a movie or a TV show can translate into extreme behavior (racist tweetstorms, death threats, and other targeted campaigns) when they don’t like a certain project or a direction of a story. We delve into the positive and negative of fandoms and what they mean for fans and media creators.

We also check in about writing and publishing. Brent talks about a conversation he had with John Cho about whether Sulu should be gay, and Erik shares how he finally got through a spell of writers block. (If you want to skip the check-in, the main topic starts at 5:46.)

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Brent Hartinger
Erik Hanberg

Links Mentioned This Episode

Media Carnivores Patreon Campaign
Sulu Is an Out and Proud Gay Man in Star Trek Beyond
The Web Is A Customer Service Medium
Ghostbusters, Frozen, and the strange entitlement of fan culture
Fandom Is Broken

Media Consumed This Episode

Lord of the Rings (film series)
Ghostbusters (films, 1984, 2016)
Stranger Things (TV series)
Frozen (film)
Captain America (comic book series, film series)
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (TV series)


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