Exploring fandom, social media, and producer/fan interactions: An interview with <em>Sleepy Hollow</em>'s Orlando Jones | Bennett | Transformative Works and Cultures
Exploring fandom, social media, and producer/fan interactions: An interview with Sleepy Hollow ‘s Orlando Jones
"My interest in fandom is born partially out of my own work as a creator and the desire to better understand how fans relate to story worlds on a granular level. It’s a perfect little ecosystem, and in some ways it’s a looking glass version of society at large, both positive and negative. This is the place where the disenfranchised and the marginalized have a voice, where they can express their dissatisfaction with the status quo and demand a more concerted effort by the media establishment to improve diversity, to expand beyond tropes, idioms, and stereotypes.
“It’s also somewhere where they become co-creators in a self-directed narrative that might fall out of the bounds of the “intended meaning” of the original creators. Participatory culture and the creation of transformative works is an absolutely fascinating component of this conversation. So far, it’s either been mocked, ignored, or intentionally disparaged, but not many people outside of academia have taken the time to understand the value it provides in terms of how stories are told in the sharing economy.”
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