The Pop Culture Lens is a scholarly podcast hosted by myself and Dr. CarrieLynn Reinhard of Dominican University. In each episode, we seek to offer fresh perspectives on past media as we attempt to determine whether or not it holds any relevance to the contemporary sociocultural experience. We structure the podcast so the format loosely resembles an academic paper, but we present the information in a way that everyone can understand.
In this episode, we debate the nature of fandom in our modern world. The debate begins with a recollection of this year’s Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (aka C2E2), with a focus on what was observed among the comics industries there, the artists in Artists Alley, and the fans themselves. From there, we discuss and argue over the benefits and problems of fandom today, and we consider issues of capitalism and consumerism, identity and insularity, and creativity and community.
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We’re always looking for ideas for new episodes, and for guests who can come on and chat about the media with us. Therefore, if you have any ideas for future topics and/or guests, or would even like to talk about some aspect of popular culture with us, please let us know! Anyway, we hope you enjoy this episode of The Pop Culture Lens, and, as always, thanks for reading (or listening, in this case).