Talk:Fandom and the Internet

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I do think that the zines vs. internet stuff is interesting, and we have some great material from Sandy and others, but there have also been massive cultural shifts and conflicts based on eras of internet fandom, and most of the zine fan comments seem to be missing everything pre-web. I'm working on a timeline of major technological developments and forums online to put the zine stuff and mailing lists vs. livejournal type conflicts in context. Franzeska 16:49, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

I agree. And thank you. --Mrs. Potato Head 16:59, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

Areas to discuss

  • who had access to the net initially? how did that shape fandom?
  • how and when did the majority of fans gain Internet access? w
  • what were the areas of conflict between net vs print fans? where and how did fans discuss these conflicts? was there a resolution or did technology sweep the field making discussion/debate a moot point
  • who were netfans? print fans? where did the terms come from/where were they first used?
  • how has the technological medium shaped fandom (from unified pan-fandom mailing lists replacing letterzines to show specific mailing lists to websites and then blogs and twitter feeds).
  • how did the internet help - or hinder - fannish activities? contrast fanzines with songvids. how did it impact fan art? is it even correct to ask if the internet helped/hindered or should we be looking to the Internet as an evolutionary force?
  • how did the Internet impact the concept of mentoring in fandom?
  • where did the phrase 'feral fan' come from and how does/did it tie into net fandom?
  • describe the guides/tutorial (online and print) that fans wrote for one another to help them navigate the new technology? are they still being written?
  • what fandoms straddled the pre-Internet/Internet divide (X-files, Deep Space 9 etc). *What fandoms successfully navigated the transition (Starsky & Hutch, Star Trek, The Professionals) and which ones did not (Blake's 7???). How did fans manage the transition?


~1995, Usenet was mostly Americans and a bunch of Dutch people from what I remember (in general, not just in fandom). I have no idea how long it was before there was a large fandom presence online active in a language other than English, and access from English-speaking countries hasn't always happened at the same rate. Feel free to flesh the article out with more diverse experiences.

I broke something on this page

I really messed something up here, specifically Franzeska's timeline and perhaps more. Can someone figure out how to fix it? --Mrs. Potato Head 23:43, 4 November 2011 (UTC)