When Fans Become Organized Fans (Is That Bad?)

“Most people are fans of some cultural product or another: a football team, a soap opera, a rock band, a political party. But organized fandom is widely derided for its allegedly excessive devotion to trivial entertainments. Similar stereotypes used to dominate the academy, particularly among critics of capitalism and/or modernity, for whom the fan was the slack-jawed, brainwashed embodiment of consumer culture—the viewer who didn’t merely swallow passively the pulp fictions produced by the culture industry, but centered a large part of her life around those same products…”