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Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

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Fans to the Rescue

Posted by hlybkr on February 29, 2016

A saying that I kept thinking of while reading this chapter about the value of media engagement was “there is a power in numbers,” and it is absolutely true. As fans of shows we rarely think about what goes on past what is on the screen. We do not always think about the dynamics put into the taping, or what goals need to be met season to season. Ultimately, a show or a franchise would be nothing without their supporters. This article really got me thinking, me as just a viewer is quite valuable. Sometimes when I see really great television shows I loved get taken off air, I wonder what I could’ve done to keep the show alive, then let it go from there. But learning that quite a bit of Chuck fans were able to keep their favorite past time alive was quite amazing. Instead of just sitting down on their asses and whining about it as I sometimes did, they actually went and did something about it. That really takes some passion, and I applaud them for their hard work and dedication. This chapter was all in all very interesting to me, I really liked the involvement aspect of the fandoms and them ultimately saving the day in ways.

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wow

Posted by kelvonajohnson on February 29, 2016

I really enjoyed this reading because I think late night talk shows are the best thing, ever. What’s better than being up late at night, not being able to sleep and watching a late night talk show. Consisting of nothing but jokes, gossip and tons of laughs. This article showed me that true fans will go all out just to prevent their favorite show from going off air. I thought it was really neat how they turned to the sponsor, Subway…I honestly have no clue of who Chuck is but he had to have been great at what he did for fans to go over and beyond to keep his show on air. This also made me think of tons of great shows throughout my life that I once enjoyed/still enjoy because I love watching reruns of great tv shows…makes me wonder what could fans of other tv shows have done to help great shows remain on air. At times we’re saddened that our favorite tv series goes off air but we do nothing to stop this from happening..this makes me want to come up with ways to prevent my favorite shows from going off air. I remember keeping up with the Leno situation but I didn’t think he’d actually ever go off air because he had so many fans and people that backed him up. Yes his ratings dropped but I definitely believe that it had everything to do with the huge time change that had everyone thrown off.

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Fans save the day

Posted by Yasmine on February 29, 2016

I chose to focus on the Chuck vs. Leno article for tonights post because I did some research after I read it, and learned that this type of thing has happened more times than we may know about. There are several other situations where TV shows were saved/resurrected/salvaged due to the tenacity of the fans during the show’s tough times. Here are 4 other shows that were saved by the fans.

  1. Arrested Development: This show was packed full of stars including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Isla Fischer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus,  and Charlize Theron (just to name a few). The Save Our Bluths campaign sent banana crates to the network and encouraged fans to write “strongly-worded” letters to Fox, which led to the show returning for a third and final season.
  2. Veronica Mars: Fans rallied together last year to fund a “Veronica Mars” movie on Kickstarter, raising $5.7 million and majorly surpassing it’s goal of $2 million.
  3. Friday Night Lights: Fans sent the network light bulbs (in reference to the show’s title) and eye drops (in reference to the show’s motto, “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose”). The network ended up striking a deal with DirecTV to keep the show alive for five seasons.
  4. Jericho: Fans sent 6,000 mini bottles of Tabasco sauce (a preferred condiment of the teenage alien characters in the series) to WB executives to save the show from being canceled after its first season in 2000. It ran for two more seasons.

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What happened to Leno?

Posted by araethom on February 29, 2016

As a true fan of late night talk shows, I really liked this reading. I remember following the Leno situation with NBC. I wasn’t necessarily a Leno fan, I’m more of a Conan, Fallon fan, but none the less, the topic interested me.
Now, with Chuck I have no idea what this show is. Never heard of it. Ever. Not a clue. I consider myself a realm of knowledge on all things television and pop culture, but this stumped me. I even looked up pictures of the actors, still lost. But, the fans of the show are awesome. It’s incredible that buying a lot of sandwiches helped save the show. I would most definitely do the same thing if one of my favorite shows was getting cancelled. So props to them for sure.
“Fan loyalty into real dollars”. I believe this. It isn’t about how many viewers and fans there are anymore, it’s about how much money one can get from the show. The NBC producers loved that the fans spent money to help save the show.
I like that the movement of Leno’s show was described as both a success and a failure. While yes, the show made money for the company, the ratings ultimately sucked at that time. I think it was just such a big and sudden change of time that it threw everyone off. People didn’t know what it meant that Leno was on earlier. Ten pm still seems early, especially considering his original time was eleven-thirty. Now, Jimmy Fallon is in the ten-thirty time slot and I think it is really working well for him. I hope NBC doesn’t try to mess with Fallon’s show…

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The Values of Media Engagement- Shane Freeman

Posted by Shane on February 29, 2016

What I took out of this reading was mostly the numbers of illegal viewing compared to legal viewings of popular TV shows. Being an avid watcher of TV shows, make me at fault for some that I can’t access due to being busy or the lack of the channel having it to stream. I however also believe that there is more to the success of a series than just the number of viewers. My best example is that of Cartoonnetwork and its problem with keeping great shows.A show like Young Justice deserved many more seasons than the two that it got, but suffered by an undisclosed reason and cancelled. Last weekend, there was a rumor out about how the show may get a 3rd season on Netflix depending on how popular it really is. For those who didn’t have Netflix, I can easily see illegally downloading to ensure the series gets more episodes.

While we are at fault by illegally watching episodes, the question is if it really is illegal. The shows (most of them) are on cable and you don’t typically have to pay for the ability to watch them, however we still do it illegally for reasons like being busy during the air time. It’s a big difference compared to movies because movies are released and need you to go out and watch them to make a profit, and yet we watch them the weekend of release back at home in bed. There is a great difference between the two because I support the watching of TV shows, but not that of movies, because one is already free while thee other is not.

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Consumers, Multipliers, Viewers, and Producers

Posted by leahsmith95 on February 29, 2016

The relationship between viewers of shows and the producers discussed in this article stood out to me the most out of this Tuesday’s readings. I can’t believe that a group was able to find enough passionate viewers that loved the show chuck to come together and ask subway to help keep their show playing. I think this concept is really cool, and I respect that they put forth the effort to overpower NBC and get them, as well as subway to keep chuck playing for another season. Those must have been some very passionate viewers. The jay leno discussion took another angle on the viewer impact. NBC trying to save money while not pleasing their viewers seems like a pretty crumby thing to do, but it accomplished what they intended because it saved them money. It seems like displeasing their viewers so greatly would concern them more than it did, but I guess that’s the reality of running a network. Making audience ratings nearly irrelevant in comparison to the money they were saving does not project a positive vibe to me as a viewer. It is an interesting concept that the system can be”outsmarted” by both the producer int he audience, as it was with chuck by the viewers and jay leno by the NBC network.

The consumers or multipliers article also brought up something interesting to ponder. Is consumer really the right term? I have never questioned this term, but I do see the valid point being made toward the term multiplier. However I do think we consume what we buy, not always in a literal term. But we take in whatever we purchase, tangible or intangible. But there is certainly much relevance to the concept that the term multiplier suggests there isn’t a set end but simply the beginning of a larger cultural process.

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Producers, Consumers, and Multipliers

Posted by rileystivers on February 29, 2016

The other day I saw a picture on Facebook comparing kids about 10 years old currently, to kids that were 10 years old about the time we were. It was showing all the things kids asked for, for Christmas, and the price tag over all. Growing up where VHS was the thing was actually a lot cheaper. So it showed that ten years ago kids asked for a bike and VHS and stuff like that. The current side of things were cell phones, Blu-ray discs, video games, new shoes, etc. Not only is the price tag significantly different but also so are the things being asked for.

In McCracken’s essay he goes over how harsh the term consumer is. But the population is growing to be exactly that. Multipliers were what the population used to be in my opinion. “Back in the day when I was young” we had a cell phone until we ran ours into the ground, which took awhile considering they were pretty indestructible. Nowadays when the screen cracks, replaced. I know people that go through more phones in a year than there are seasons. Consuming, or as McCracken said “ravening beasts who must destroy what they buy instead of renting it from the recycler” Maybe consumer actually fits now, in all of it’s negativity. But on the other side of it, if you aren’t producing, you’re consuming so it’s neither negative nor positive, merely just an action. Then we reach the term multiplier, which I agree does apply. But it applies to the digital world more than physical in my opinion. Not saying it doesn’t touch both but it is a modern term fitting that modern setting.

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Television engagement 

Posted by louisbuckley on February 29, 2016

From this reading, I like how interesting the argument over how audience can influence certain television markets. With older television scheduling, we all set a time to watch a program. For me, it was waking up early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons. It was what I lived for. But now the tides have turned and tell soon is struggling to maintain consistent audiences. Recently it feels like many networks are always premiering new shows with it ending after 13 episodes. Television has to really engage audiences now more than ever. With streaming platforms as Netflix and Hulu, many people pour attention into new content with old as well. Which leads into the question of piracy. I like the book’s definition on page 114. To me if you don’t alter or sell the content it’s not illegal but companies have their standards. If you make a show worthwhile and meaningful then I believe audiences won’t find shortcuts to watch.  Take Orange is The New Black for example,  audience bought subscriptions for Netflix just for the show. The same can be made about HBO when it was brought to the scene in the late 90s. Fans are what make a show succeed and they’ll find a way to get content if they really want to.  Network companies have to find new ways to engage audiences wholeheartedly if they want true television value. With media being an influence, television has to find a median in this new world. 

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90’s Comics

Posted by austinbeard1893 on February 29, 2016

When I was a kid I was obsessed with comic books. I’ll never forget the first time I picked up my first comic, it was one of the classic early 70’s Black Panther issues and it would forever change my life. For me I’m a retro comic book lover to this day. I’m actually kind of in the closet on that one and I don’t really like to reveal that about myself but there it is. I don’t have a lot of them, but if I can find them, I specifically like comics from the 90’s. For me, the era of Todd Macfarlen and Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld (the creator of Deadpool) are the comics I grew up on and if or when I can find some of their comics today I try to pick them up. I actually have X-force issue 2 and Amazing Spider-man 375, which I will be brining in for my class presentation!

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The Fans.

Posted by shelbywatson177 on February 29, 2016

When reading the material for this week, I found that I really liked the essay about valuing the fans. Fanbases, fangirls, and fanboys are not foreign concepts to me and I liked how this article explains how important fans are in contributing to economic value of media. I also like how it broke down differing fan behaviors into these four categories – Watching, listening, or attending; purchasing primary & secondary products; endorsing; and sharing & recommending. Personally, I think the two that are most effective in bringing out awareness to a particular fanbase would be endorsing and sharing & recommending.

Endorsing because whether you realize it or not you do it everyday. Like I said one of my earlier posts, we are all like walking advertisements. Whether your wearing a Imagine Dragons tee or fangirling/fanboying about a franchise you enjoy – they all show public displays of affinity among friends or strangers which is the essays definition of endorsing. Sharing and recommending, is my other pick because we live in a digital age and it just makes sense. For example, currently I’m on a fangirl hype for the Maximoff twins aka Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ever since I rewatched the movie  I’ve been revining, reblogging, sharing, favoriting and liking everything I can find on the internet about them. But of course, sharing and recommending can also mean just talking about it with some you know. Either way, I find these two fan behavior to be the strongest in contributing to economic value of media.

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