Henry Jenkins actually identifies as a fan in Textual Poachers (1992). The main difference for Hills seemed to be where the primary interest was (acafan's academic; fan scholar's fan)' After Hills, the term's taken on a use of its own, both with Jenkins's blog title and the use among acafans themselves, who've used the term to indicate that there is no primary identity whatsoever. --Cathexys 12:05, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
- I added it to the page. Please correct if I did it wrong. :) --Doro 15:00, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
- No, looks great. See what I mean, though? :) --Cathexys 23:29, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
Who coined Acafan?
Here's the first sentence of the article: The term "aca-fan" (plural: aca-fen) was coined by Matt Hills in his 2002 monograph, Fan Cultures.
But in 1994 (or possibly late 1993), Patricia Gillikin started ACAFEN-L, the Academic Study of Fandom elist. So, he may have had an effect on the definition of the time, but it doesn't sound like he coined it...--Sherrold 23:44, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
- Sandy, I'd totally add this: i.e. "The term was in use as early as 1994," etc. and then maybe say that Hills popularized? If we get an earlier use than 94, we can then step THAT back: "The term was in use as early as X. In 1994, there was a discussion list, etc." --Speranza 17:00, 10 December 2008 (UTC)