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Area 52, 18 a dedicated Stargate SG-1 slash fiction site, showing the list of themes on their search engine

Area 52, 18 a dedicated Stargate SG-1 slash fiction site, showing the list of themes on their search engine


... Fandom participation should not automatically be considered a media addiction, despite the frequent pathologizing language of obsession and addiction used to describe fans of certain media (Bell 2010;Reilly 2012;Jenson 1992). In fact, the longstanding history of pathologizing the fan (Pinkowitz 2011;Mousoutzanis and Riha 2010) might have much in common with media addictions (the obsessive-woman reader comes again to mind, especially given the prevalence of gendered elements in the construction of the pathologized fan (Ibid.)). One simple (and perhaps unjustly reductive) way to analyze the figure of the media fan is as an individual in whose case separation from one community results in tight connections to another community; therefore fandom is not only about separation from community, but rather joining an improper community. ...
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Memory institutions and their practices of canonization are closely tied to the emergence of a social memory based on material artefacts and communication media. As libraries, archives and museums are stepping into the online world of digitality and computational operations, the question arises as to how these institutions and their processes of canonization change. Based on Elena Esposito’s system theoretical concept of memory as an operation of forgetting and on David Weinberger’s three orders of ordering artefacts, the paper analyses the canonization of digital cultural artefacts according to the practices of selection, order and preservation. Against this backdrop, the theme of transversal forgetting is developed as a cyclical process of forgetting-as-data that cuts across the boundaries of libraries, archives and museums and their traditionally separated rationale of what to select and how to order and to preserve the selected. The concept, therefore, is an argument against the still dominating metaphor of social memory being an externalized storage. Thus conceived, transversal forgetting attempts to capture memory institutions as part of the wider information environment of bits and bytes, networks and algorithms.