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Fandom & Participation - Henry Jenkins Histories, Genealogies, Methodologies News of the demise of the audience, much like the death of the author, has been greatly exaggerated. Recall Jay Rosen’... s (2006) description of “the people formerly known as the audience,” whom he characterized as “the writing readers. The viewers who picked up a camera. The formerly atomized listeners who with modest effort can connect with each other and gain the means to speak.” Rosen was certainly not alone in celebrating a not‐yet‐achieved emancipation of the spectator from the constraints of the mass media era. Here’s Clay Shirky (2005): “Every time a new consumer joins this media landscape, a new producer joins as well, because the same equipment—phones, computers—lets you consume and produce.” Some of this anticipated shift has happened. More than 300 hours of videos are posted on YouTube every minute, many of them coming from amateur, semi‐professional, non‐profit, educational, activist, religious, and governmental producers producing media for noncommercial purposes but also involving content from commercial producers that has been appropriated, remixed, and recirculated, often at the hands of their most dedicated audiences. Rosen asked, “If all would speak, who shall be left to listen?” Well, so far, we are still spending much more time listening (and watching) than speaking, though we may do so across a broader range of media platforms. Prioritizing production behaviors and separating them off from the other things audiences do overlooks the ways that curating, sharing, and discussing media content are themselves active practices that create meaning and context, even if they do not necessarily “produce” new kinds of media texts. In this changing realm, broadcast networks still have an enormous capacity to set the cultural agenda, determining which stories, performers, and topics engage the public. But conversations on social network sites also have an expanding capacity to set cultural and political priorities, often reframing and critiquing, making demands upon broadcast content, and increasing the visibility of some clips as Negotiated Readings Interpretive Communities, Subcultures, and Imaginative Publics References Fandom as Participatory Culture Andrejevic, Mark. 2007. “Surveillance in the Digital Enclosure.” Communication Review, 10, no. 4: 295–315. Ang, Ian. 1991. Desperately Seeking the Audience. London: Routledge. Banet‐Weiser, Sarah, Nancy K. 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