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Old January 21 2012, 09:13 PM   #1
Location: Falmouth, Cornwall
Fandom Questionnaire

Hello there My name is Alexander Kay, I'm a Star Trek fan and Digital Media student. I was wondering if any of you could please take the time to answer the questionnaire below and either send me the results in a comment or a private message. I am very interested to hear people's views on the subject.

If you have any questions please don't desitate to contact me.

Thank you for your time.


Alex Kay

Web 2.0 and Fandom Questionnaire

Alexander Kay: 2012

What main Media Texts (TV Shows, Comic Books, Video Games, Cartoons, Anime/Manga, Movies, Other) would you say, you are a fan of?

Have you ever created any fan produced content (E.g. Fan fiction, Fan art, fan videos, fan wikis, etc)? If so, what prompted you to do this and what did you hope to achieve?

Do you engage with fan produced content? If so, what form does it take and why and where do you engage with it? E.g. writing a fan fiction on to explore an alternate ending to a TV series?

What do you think is the appeal of fan produced content?

Are you a member of an online forum dedicated to a particular object of fandom (celebrity, film/TV series, etc)? Why did you join and what has your experience been like?

Have you ever encountered any online abuse when you have been on an online forum? Can you recall a specific incident?

What are your views on fans producing and distributing fan created content through the internet? Also what are your thoughts on the potential issues of copyright (E.g. using someone else’s creations in a piece of fan art)?

What do you think are the good and bad points of online forums and websites that encourage creativity such as: YouTube,, DeviantART, etc, for those involved in fandom?

Have you encountered or been involved with any instances of spoiling (revealing significant (and usually secret) elements of a TV series, film, book, etc, i.e. spoilers) online? What was the experience like?

Do you feel that fans have the right to post spoilers online? Do you think it ruins or enriches the experience of being a fan?

Do you think it is good or bad for fans to have access to celebrities and creative teams through the internet? (E.g. following writers/directors on Twitter) Do you follow a creative professional online, and for what reason? (E.g. writer, actor, musician, etc)

Have you ever been involved with signing a petition online or become part of an online campaign? Can you explain your motivation behind doing so?

Do you think that Web 2.0 has given fans a larger say in the creative decisions made for the products of their fandom, and if so, what are your views on it?

If you could change one thing about online fandom what would it be?

Web 2.0:
the internet viewed as a medium in which interactive experience, in the form of blogs, wikis, forums, etc, plays a more important role than simply accessing information

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