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Old January 22 2012, 11:05 AM   #8
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Re: Fandom Questionnaire

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

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?
I wrote two Star Trek short stories some years ago for the purpose of submitting to the Strange New Worlds anthologies.

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?
I've watched a couple of fan films and read some fan fiction written by friends of mine, but in general I don't have much interest in fan-produced content.

What do you think is the appeal of fan produced content?
It gives people control over their favorite characters.

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?
No. Other than TrekBBS, which despite the name is a general forum, I belong to forums dedicated to creative endeavors in general.

Have you ever encountered any online abuse when you have been on an online forum? Can you recall a specific incident?
Of course. Just the usual name calling, insults and impotent hostility.

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)?
There are no Copyright issues as long as no profit is made. The only issue I have with fan-created content is that some of these people are so talented that I wish they would devote their time to original works that they can profit from.

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?
I'm completely in favor of any venue that allows to share their creative works with the world.

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?
Yes. It was great. I love spoilers.

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?
Whether it ruins or enriches depends on the individual's tastes. People have the right to post spoilers, but they should be respectful of other people's feelings.

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)
Of course it's good. Personal interaction with creators is fun and a lot of creators appreciate the feedback.

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?
I've signed several petitions to save doomed TV shows.

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?
I suppose it has given them a larger say because it provides the creators with more and speedier feedback-- how that influences a particular project, though, depends on the specific creators involved. My views on it are, like anything else, it can be either good or bad.

If you could change one thing about online fandom what would it be?
What captcalhoun said.
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