We will be all over the place between our panels and all the panels we will be attending.
Anyone who wants please stop me and make me socialize and come an check out the Brony Study panel and the Ask a Brony Psychologist panel and speak to the entire study team.
Another cool note the following weekend we will be in Washing DC presenting Fandom Study results to the American Psychological Association and in a few months were hosting a panel in New Orleans for the American Pop Culture Association!
BronyCon 2014 is going to be HUGE and we have some numbers to share with you. Check out “BronyCon by the Numbers”
Ill be there with the Brony/Fandom Study crew for 2 panels with Drs Edwards, Redden, and Griffin!!!!!!
If you are there lets chat, I’m much more productive and social in person than I may appear to be on my blogs! I also need to see what other panels I want to attend!
I am thinking ill do a lot of updating on the new blog: FandomPsyc.tumblr.com
Hopefully ill make an icon by then!
I have decided to start a new blog, may it survive longer than my ask blog and garner more followers than my mod blog scienceinchaos This “course” I have dubbed PSYC 1312.4 (the first noted stardate of the original Star Trek series) and plan ob boldly going where many fans have gone before in…
I’m thinking of starting a blog for fandom science/psychology focusing on and array of topics from the psychology of character actions to some of the fandom research I am involved in, to the psychology of fans themselves. I am wondering if anyone thinks this is a good idea, has potential, or would be worth attempting to find time to focus on.
I would also have to come up with a name too.
Bronies might be the most 21st-century fandom out there. Here’s why.
Not that I ever have the time to sit down and draw…well more a lack of drive after long days at work.
Hey guys I need your help with something. So I always thought that to be a part of a fandom you need to watch / read / play the media which it´s based on. So for example to be a part of the TF2 Fadnom you need to play TF2 at least once. But now I see people saying that this is not true ? There was someone that clearly stated they never played TF2 , yet they are in the fandom. (and yes I mean one of them)
Maybe I realy am kinda ignorant but how does that make sense ? Sure with the TF2 example it´s not that big a deal but I mean how can people consider themselves “fans” of something they have no self made experience of ?
See it like this: You have two people: One of them has had years of experience as a profession chef in multiple restaurants, the other one can barely make pancakes without burning them. Both claim to be cooks, but only the first one will be taking seriously by the vast majority of people and other professional cooks. The only ones who would tell the second one he is a cook as well, are either don’t know what it means to be a cook either or are straight up lying.
In the end it comes down to how you define the word “being part of a fandom”. For me it means, that you regularly produce some sort of content based on said franchise. That can be art, fiction, reviews of such, creating and sharing headcanons and theories, etc. and/or sharing such. Well, and one of course has to be a fan of said franchise.
Then again, TF2 is bigger than the game itself, since there are also the comics. So one could be a fan of the comics while not being a fan of the game. However, the main focus lies definetly upon the game and I will probably never take anyone’s opinion on the game and the fandom seriously, who is not a fan of the game itself.
But those are just my two cents.
From what the research into fandom involvement has shown me and uncovered from a psychological and social sense is that fandom involvement splits as a combination of actual immersion in the area of interest and identification and immersion within the fan community. That defining oneself as a fan primarily depends on ones own self perception and definition of what it is to be a fan.
There are several researchers in varying fields looking at this concept and some have begun to look at a difference between fandom and fanship (the difference between being completely immersed and engaged with am area of interest and just liking it a lot).
In addition there are many fans we have talked to and engaged with and collected data from that claim the show/game/books/etc. are not what attract them to the fandom, but the community and individuals within the fandom. That engagement with the area of interest comes after engagement with the fandom…in a sense they are in the fandom fandom and prefer the outlets for creative expression and/or the social interaction that comes with the fandom rather than just the point of interest itself.
The worst thing that we as fans can do it dismiss or silence these individuals because they do show keen interest and involvement within the fan group but for whatever reason may not have the capabilities or even the drive to get involved within the area of interest itself. Maybe they tried, but enjoy the fan experience much more than the gameplay/show/book/etc.
A tf2 fan of the art, the community, the people may know everything about the game but HATE first person shooters or just not have the time or capabilities to engage in the game itself (maybe they tried). But what they have done is tried to engage with the fan experience, the fiction, the art, music, video, head-canon, etc. And from a psychological sense I would hypothesize that they are just as engaged and devoted as any fan, they express and engage differently.
I promised data. This is one of the two BronyStudy posters we presented last weekend at the Southwest Psychological Association.
Colder today than expected and I am walking the riverwalk humming Let it go”
having trouble uploading images…this upsets me
the puppy I just tried to upload apparently works…
she is also neither a ho or a trick…but a puppy…