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The whole concept of being a “fan” of something has exploded in the past few years, no doubt thanks to things like the internet, and the internet, as well as the internet. Being totally in love with and knowing everything about the thing you like no longer makes you a nerd, it’s just kind of accepted. Movie fans, sports fans, music fans, video game fans—everyone’s on the same level now in terms of societal acceptance of utter devotion, now that it’s so much easier to form a fan community with people all across the globe.
That being said, there’s still a huge chunk of fans that are on a wholly different playing field. People that become well-known staples within the fanbase—running websites, moderating message boards, crafting loads of fanfiction, fanart and GIFs, organizing campaigns, travelling to conventions, following concerts. I myself have pretty much gotten out of the habit of being crazy intense with fansites after some bad experiences. Now, I don’t want it to sound like “I don’t participate in fandom” because I’m a pretentious dick or something. I mean, I kind of am a pretentious dick, but not about this stuff. In fact, me not being able to get too fully immersed in some of the most intense fandoms just means I don’t have the balls to be in them, and here’s why.
Alright, this isn’t a whole piece on reasons why yours truly is great (that should be self-explanatory.) But it is a list of five things I’ve written for KSiteTV in the past couple of months, in a lame attempt to save face and prove that the hiatus from this blog wasn’t pure neglect. Rest assured, The Bearded Awesome will be up and running for the summer season, beginning with a new Life/Society article this week and a new fun little TV-centered series next week. Until then, here’s a sample of my other pieces from the past two months (the rest of which can be found here.)
Community is a show on thin ice, on a network on thin ice, in a new era of television also on thin ice. Whether you’re a fan or not, Community has now become the poster show for everything that’s both wrong and right about television and its fans: there are plenty of viewers, but few of them watch it live. It won TV Guide’s Fan Favorite of 2011 contest. IGN voted it Best Comedy of 2011. In TV.com’s 2011 poll it not only won Best Series, but also Best Comedy, Best Comedic Actor (Donald Glover) and, hilariously, Most Underrated. With fans on the internet outnumbering fans in the ratings, Community is representative of the age of online media and its effects on the industry. And as NBC struggles to find a place for it in their schedule, the network might be missing an opportunity to make the next big leap in current media.
Check out my full piece at KSiteTV–a little lengthy, but it’s worth it!
In case you were wondering, more original blog material will be coming in the next couple of days.