When Fandom Is the Problem

“Fandom” – the participatory community that grows out of a piece of media – has come to dominate pop culture. Fandom is not simply being a fan of something. Fandom is performing being a fan by creating transformative works, collecting knowledge, cosplaying, attending conventions, and, ever-increasingly, being vocal online. Some of this has been really great for people seeking communities they can’t find in real life, empowering them to be part of something that means a lot to them. And some of it has empowered only the worst elements of fan culture. Read More >>

The Impossible Problems and Endless Opportunities of Fan Theories

It's quite the moment for popular culture. The biggest movie franchise of all time is currently midway through a victory lap in the shape of Avengers: Endgame, while the biggest fantasy television show of all time – Game of Thrones – is halfway through its climactic season. Years of speculation is coming to fruition as some of the most intelligent creative minds in the entertainment business are attempting to wow and surprise audiences who know these stories like the back of their hands. Read More >>

My Favourite Twitter is a Ridiculous Steven Universe Parody Account

TV show quotes are good. But made-up quotes are even better. Read More >>

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Warner Bros. Is Starting to Crack Down on Harry Potter Fan Events

Without much in the way of officially-sanctioned Harry Potter conventions, fans of the wizarding world have spent years running their own cons celebrating J.K. Rowling’s beloved book and film series—but that’s starting to change, thanks to a new crackdown being enforced by Warner Bros. Read More >>

Note 7 Superfan Tells Samsung: ‘Take It From My Cold Dead Hands’

Sometimes love conquers all, obliterating your rationality into tiny shards of melted nothingness. That probably explains why some Note 7 superfans are holding onto their devices, even after Samsung issued a recall after many, many reports of the phone—and replacement devices—exploding. Read More >>

How to Find the Best Fanfiction on the Internet

Fanfiction is one of the internet’s most reviled and beloved genres. Its authors write tales set in their favourite pop culture worlds, from Star Trek and X-Files, to Hogwarts and boy band concerts. For every fic (yep, we are calling it 'fic' from here on in) that’s embarrassingly bad, there are thousands more that are brilliant and well-written. Here’s how to hunt down the finest works. Read More >>

How Horny X-Files Lovers Created a New Type of Online Fandom

When The X-Files debuted, nobody knew the small, weird show would be a success. But it had something better than a marketing blitz: It had the internet as a way to connect people who wanted to believe. Read More >>

Watch the Inbox: How One Guy Made Email Contact with Jay Z

David Johnson has Jay Z's email address. Probably. He has carried on a one-sided conversation for years, sending emails to an address he believes to be Jay Z's. With a service called ReadNotify, Johnson has confirmed that the emails have not only been read, but opened in locations that directly correlate with Jay's travel plans. Read More >>