Fan Culture and the Internet

Chris Atton

in An Alternative Internet

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780748617692
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670819 | DOI:
Fan Culture and the Internet

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Internet radio demonstrate the ways in which the application of new technology to a traditional medium might prompt audiences to create their own forms of creative communication. This chapter focuses on such audiences as fans and examines how the online fanzine has developed as a means of building and maintaining taste communities across geographic boundaries. It looks at avant-garde and experimental forms of contemporary popular music, examines particular fanzine projects that have emerged on the Internet, analyses them in terms of their historical connections with the printed fanzine, and considers the extent to which the online fanzine is presenting new opportunities for fan production. The chapter also assesses the creative potential of ezines and the opportunities they offer for fans to become creative artists themselves. After discussing the nature and purpose of fanzines, it explores progressive rock fanzines on the web, fanzines as encyclopaedias, and the involvement of musicians in the production and writing of fanzines or fanzine-like publications.

Keywords: fanzines; fans; popular music; Internet; ezines; progressive rock; encyclopaedias; musicians

Chapter.  7375 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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