Isaac Butler’s excellent blog Parabasis
(previously noted in MeFi conversations about Mike Daisey
) usually centers on issues in the US nonprofit theater. Occasionally, he takes on a different topic in depth with a series of guests. This past week, he hosted the Fandom Issue
I am less interested personally in whether the Rise of the Fan is good or bad for our culture, and much more interested in what it means. This week, we assay the Fan from a number of different angles. Who are these fans? And what does it mean to be one? What happens to love when it becomes a communal activity? And what happens to it when the beloved cannot or will not respond?
Last week's season premire of Community
featured a bumper crop of pop-culture parodies, including a Glee-style opening number
, a 2001 homage (with excellent use of Old Chevy Chase)
and most significantly, the Instant Meme of a 22-second take-off of Doctor Who
*. In the few days since, the intersection of Community fans and Who fans have been reverse-engineering the 49 year run of "Inspector Spacetime"
with a forum board
, a TV Tropes page
, and, of course, a tumblr
* overshadowing the addition to the show's cast and college's faculty of John Goodman and Michael K. "Omar Little" Williams. [more inside]