Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Drillable Fandoms

Posted by briannaembry on February 23, 2017

The term, “drillable” refers to media that promotes deeper probing and thought into the story its trying to tell. Drillable content differs from spreadable content, requiring much more time and effort. Drilling content requires deep thinking on the story and deciphering different aspects within. Drillable content is very directly correlated with fandoms. Fandoms tend to bring people together and it is very common for these people to get together and discuss the details on the subject. People discuss potential outcomes within a series as well as search for different interpretations of thee events through blogs and forums. In reading this article, I could not help to relate this term to a book club setting. These people not only look into the plot of these stories, but attempt to discuss, understand, predict, and make sense of it. These people share common interests in the subject.

I found this article to be very relevant. Fandoms are everywhere and people tend to come together to discuss and drill on these topics through social media, blogs, and fan sites. Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was a 90’s series that gained a lot of popularity into the 2000’s. Through this series, fandoms came together to discuss future predictions and interpretations of the show. Would Buffy ever reconnect with Angel? Will Spike and Buffy ever have a romantic encounter? When will the inevitable death of Buffy and end of the world actually happen? These are all questions that were used to drill into theonce popular plot of this popular series.


4 Responses to “Drillable Fandoms”

  1. I found this article very interesting. I like how you connected it to book clubs; I thought about movie fan clubs like Twilight. But I totally agree with you. We see fandoms everywhere in the world today.

  2. tommistowers said

    First of, I loved “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” growing up!! Fandom will continue to show up in our world as we continue to get older. Fandom will always be there! Watching different series of shows I can’t help but to try to figure out the plot or predict what will happen next. Great connection!

  3. nathanpowers22 said

    I think your book club analogy is a good one that links fan activities from pre-Web 2.0 to now. I think it’s also important to note that fandoms centered around more “drillable” texts also tend to lend themselves quite well to transformation and expansion by fans. Because these additions to, and reworkings of, the “canon” established by media producers often rely on niche in-jokes and references, their spread is limited to those in the community, yet enable those “in the know” to drill still deeper into these works.

  4. katemilner9 said

    With the growing availability of series to stream I think your ending question about not knowing hen the end of Buffy will come is more relevant than ever. Not only are older series are more accessible than ever, but via online groups and buzz, cult followings of said shows are easier to be exposed to, encouraging the “drilling” of series that are long off air. We really have to wonder if fandoms can ever really die.

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