There is a really cool Valentine's inspired 'I ♥ Michael Fassbender' mug for sale at the Fassinating Store. Why not treat yourself to a year round reminder of your devotion to all things Fassy? In addition to that, today is a great way to recognize your appreciation for Michael by considering donating to the Fassinating Fassbender fundraiser. Imagine for the remainder of February, the number of cups of Starbucks coffee you will be buying, or some unhealthy snacks, or another bottle of nail varnish - think if you donated those monies to The Bike Experience, how you will be helping others, and showing how much you care about Michael by making a donation in his name to this worthy charity.
Last night in my Communication Theory class, the Professor presented a video featuring Dr. Nancy Baym on Changing Relationships, Changing Industries. Although Dr. Baym is a communication Ph.D researcher and speaker, she is a straightup, unapologetic bonafide fangurl of the Swedish music scene (she says so herself in the presentation - she's very cute and funny), and she has performed an ethnographic study of the fanbase of Swedish music. Why Swedish music? Well, apparently the music scene in Sweden is entrenched into society where of the 8 million population has well over half of them following the music scene. And Swedish musicians have strong followers all over the world. But what is amazing about this particular fanbase community is the demonstrated love that is expressed in the fandom. Fans pay over and beyond a fair price to download music, travel to the shows of the Swedish musicians, develop fundraisers to help support a band to tour, and some fans even house musicians when they are touring their area - and this is mostly due to costs involved in touring overseas because many of these bands only play to audiences of 300, at most, and barely make enough ends to meet. The moral of this presentation is: The Power of the Fanbase. If we love a band, an actor, or an author, for instance, we share that love with other fans, and help promote the creative production of said entertainer.
|Lipstick stains from all of us on this Valentine's Day (Hupsakeek)|
So here is the link to Dr. Nancy Baym's presentation - http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/events/luncheon/2010/06/baym
Please let me know what you think about it because there is some fassinating information in there which describes FANDOMs in general. Although it is about the music scene fandom, it is also about us.
Happy Valentine's Day! We ♥ Fassy!