Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

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My encounter with a fan

Posted by corydcooper on February 28, 2011

Tonight, during work, I had my first real experience with a fan of soap operas outside of class or family.

My table, a young gentleman and an elderly lady, came into the restaurant and dined in my section. They were very good mannered, enjoyed cracking jokes, and also had excellent taste in food (might I say). They were pretty inconspicuous overall.

As the meal progressed the meal began to wind down, the subject of our casual conversation progressed to my studies. I told them that I am taking this course and talked about some different subject matter from class. Then, the old lady told me a story that was the highlight of my night.

“Years ago I used to watch, and still occasionally watch, The Young And The Restless. There was a character on there that I just loved so much. His name was Phillip Chancellor. I just knew that I had to name my child after him.”

It was at this point that the young man turned to me and extended his hand:

“Hi, I’m Phillip.”

It just so turned out that he had a grandfather that was also named Phillip, so it all worked out in the end. Definitely, the best tip of the night though.


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Brooke on the back burner?

Posted by jyoung1363 on February 28, 2011

I was watching today’s episode when my stepdad asked what was on, and I told him the Bold and the Beautiful.  He immediately responded with, “That show with the Brooke girl who’s been with everyone?”  LOL!  On one note, I was surprised that he knew so much about one of the characters just by me naming the show, and on another note, I thought it was funny when I realized how many different men I’d found connected to Brooke’s name whenever I had to look up any of the show’s history.

Now I’m wondering if Brooke Logan had been brought to the show just as a love interest for Ridge or another man, or if the writers had meant for her to take on a larger role, perhaps eventually as a matriarch, depending on her children and spouse.  I know Stephanie was the woman with the most clout when the show was introduced, but I’m starting to think about whom the writers might be grooming to take her place if her character is ever done away with.  Who know, maybe there wouldn’t even be another prominent female character like Stephanie.  I haven’t watched any one soap long enough to know what happens in long-running shows.  In Guiding Light, for instance, what happened when the mother/father/authority figure came off the show?  Was there another character to dominate the town, or was the power shifted between a few characters?

I know there isn’t really a specific question here, and I’m sorry if my thoughts aren’t easy to follow.  I think my main gist is the evolution of a character’s power over their time on the show…

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Tune In, Log On

Posted by valflop29 on February 28, 2011

Nancy Baym writes of soaps, fans, and their relationships to online communities in Tune In, Log On.  It is fascinating that she is focusing on something referred to as r.a.t.s.  the sound of that is already a turn off and is pretty funny too.  R.a.t.s seems to possibly be the first real ‘soap’ forum for fans to comment about the shows they like to watch.  I think that she makes some interesting points in her introduction about the community of soap fans on the internet.

Baym refers to such pieces r.a.t.s as communities.  r.a.t.s. which is a soap opera fan community reminds me of our blog…sort of.  I feel as though this is our own community online.  My favorite thing I have read so far is the two ways to interact on r.a.t.s or any other forum for that matter.  She refers to Lurkers (though who read but do not write) and Posters ( those who actually write).  This reminds me of how i view Facebook.  You have your lurkers (the people who stalk you Facebook profile, but never leave a comment) and the Posters ( your not so creepy friends who leave comments on your wall). 

I look forward to reading more of what she has to say about online communities and their relationship to the soap opera world.  If there was ever a place to discuss this piece it is on this blog and in our class.  I can’t wait to see what everyone else thinks about this piece.

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Soaps and the workplace

Posted by corydcooper on February 28, 2011

I like the fact that The Bold and the Beautiful incorporates a business into their show. The fact that people have a job make the show a lot more believable if they’re trying to create situations for people to relate to. Numerous times, while working as a server, I’ve thought to myself that it would make a great soap opera. The constant drama, problems at home (that carry over to work), and the struggle between everyone during every shift to make sure everything goes off without a hitch is just a powder keg waiting to explode. Everyday is a new opportunity for something to create strife, and there is usually an arc that is carrying over month to month (ask me in class and I’ll let you know).

Its the fact that there is a workplace in this show that lets me connect a little to some of the characters. Seeing Madison getting bossed around reminds me of some other terrible jobs I’ve had. You know the ones where the boss gets a little peeved because you ask a question to clarify. It’s pretty familiar.

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TUNE IN, LOG ON Readings

Posted by elizabethbartsch on February 27, 2011

I was wondering how the fan cultures differ from other on-line communities that each of us participate in?  Is there as much commrotry in your blogs or forums that is described in the this weeks readings?  Is there a mix of genders?  Any other thoughts?

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My two cents…

Posted by valflop29 on February 26, 2011

I have enjoyed watching the Bold & the Beautiful this week.  I would like to start with a few of my own observations.  I am a little surprised that Dayzee went ahead and let Thomas cook her dinner along with yet another kiss.  At the same time, maybe Dayzee will be good for Thomas.  I thought it was interesting that Marcus was brought up between Ridge and Brooke, but it was apparently not a serious enough relationship for them to think their son was interferring with Marcus’ girl. 

I am itnerested to see what sort of character Katie really is.  I was surprised to find out that Bill did not tell Katie about Amber staying at the Malibu house.  I was trying to predict different outcomes and none of them involved him being the only one knowing that she was there.  Since she was with Stephanie when Amber got the call about the Malibu house, I figured she would either have Stephanie go with her, or at least tell her that was where she was going.  I had envisioned that Amber was going to be allowed to stay there for a while and she would get use to staying there.  Then out of no where, a tragic accident would happen while she was alone and she would fall to her death.  So to my surprise, Friday’s episode blacking out after we see Bill’s determined and angry face was different for me.  I really see everything blowing up in Bill’s face and the wrong person going over the edge.  Who will that person be? Tune in next week to find out…

I have also decided that I hate Steffy.  If anyone has thoughts on her, please share.  I just think that for one, she is young enough to be Bill’s daughter, umm…he is married, and she is out to ruin the Logan’s.  I just don’t like her.  I am interested to find out about when Katie was CEO, and what exactly is the real reason Steffy would like to go after her.

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Hot in Cleaveland crossover with AMC

Posted by drmom2011 on February 25, 2011

I absolutely loved the “starring Victoria Chase” credit for AMC’s opening on the episode this week of Wendie Malick on AMC. They did a very “cute” comedic storyline between Erica and “Gertrude” –great fun for fans of both shows.

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B and B request for viewer input at bottom of screen

Posted by drmom2011 on February 25, 2011

Did anyone notice the request for viewer input at bottom of screen–on Wed or Thurs of this week’s episodes???? Did anyone post anything there? Just curious.

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Y&R Character/Real-Life Families

Posted by valflop29 on February 24, 2011

Thanks to Chris posting the videos of Y&R, I made a discovery that I had not noticed until now.  I am not sure if anyone knew this, but Heather Tom(the old Victoria on Y&R) who is currently playing Katie on B&B played opposite of her actual brother David Tom.  Her brother played Billy Abbott on the Y&R.  The brother and sister are no longer on The Young and the Restless, but their characters are still featured.  Actually, the characters that they played are now married to each other.  It is interesting that the storyline moved in this direction.  I wonder if the writers had any idea that they would have the two characters wed.  Obviously they would not have if neither of the Tom siblings had left the show.

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Ch. 6: Fandom in Everyday Life

Posted by jtg3 on February 24, 2011

I am a great example of what Soap Fans says in chapter six about fandom. As stated in class, I am a part of a Ghostbusters fan club, the Western Kentucky Ghostbusters (we even have a Facebook page). It is true what was said on page 178 about it being personal and private, even though I have fun and am proud of being able to don the uniform and props that go along with it. I brought it up in class (and here on this blog) because it goes with the idea of Fandom. I suppose we as fans keep it private because we know not everyone is a fan of the same things, and also if someone is a big enough ___insert show title here__ fan that they have all of the merchandise (or made their own prop replicas), a lot of people would confuse that for deviance and not devotion to a show that could, for some reason or another, be an important foundation in someone’s life. For me: Ghostbusters was one of my favorite movies as a child, and it wasn’t quite enough to watch them on screen, but I wanted to be able to have my own uniform and proton pack. You would be surprised how many people ask me if I can actually catch ghosts with the pack (the answer is no, by the way. It’s just a prop.)



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