Free fan labor – the art of social comentating
Posted by erinoestringer on February 5, 2013
We had discussed in class about television show followers and their active role in the shows with the growth of technology. As shows in De Kosnik’s article, and in class, the show is not the end product but a material to be molded and analyzed further. The article talks about a fan site where paid and non-paid employees discuss tv shows, and viewers of the site comment and post as well. This type of free-labor shows how much more engaged audiences are, and how much of a bigger role these programs play in our lives.
The article also says “The information provided by viewers doesn’t just add value to the product, it also doubles as audience research,” Andrejevic writes (2005).” This reminded me of my own experience with the show Workaholics (which I hope you all have seen because its pure comedy, if you too have the sense of humor of a fourteen year old boy.) I digress… The four main characters on the show are named after the actor who plays them, and these four guys are also the show’s writers/creators. They are all on twitter and, being such a fan of the crude and inappropriate, I follow them all. Every Wednesday when the show airs the guys start retweeting fan tweets, commenting on what fans are saying, etc. Its a much more hands-on method than many shows take, since the stars are also the creators, but its the same idea as in the article.
In today’s culture, we are all social commentators. No one may be inviting me to co-host E! News or Around the Horn, but I still voice my opinions on all things via social networks. No one pays me and, like most of us, nothing I say is worth paying for. But fan labor is a second job in our culture that we all signed up for, knowingly or not.
We are the overly opinionated [insert tv show] fan-bloggers and we are proud!!!