The power of pop culture
The power of pop cultureCan online fandoms drive civic participation?
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Can online fandom make the world a better place? From addicts of Harry Potter to My Little Pony enthusiasts, fan subcultures of all types are banding together and finding new force and creative outlets via the internet. But are our pop culture obsessions driving people further from reality, or can fan communities actually mobilise for social good?
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:
Francesca Coppa, @fcoppa
Dick Wolf Professor of TV Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Andrew Slack, @andrewslack
Executive Director, The Harry Potter Alliance
Mike Bernstein, @FinalDraftEFN
Founder and editor, Everfree Network
Neil Perryman, @neilperryman
Founder and writer, Adventures with the Wife in Space
Mouna Toure, @artie_drawings
Cosplayer, artist, and blogger
What do you think?Is fandom a medium for social action or social isolation? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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