Practicum Presentation: Media Fandom – Questions Worth Contemplating

The central focus of my practicum project (thus far) is identity – not only how a person constructs his or her identity in the “virtual world” but, more specifically, how a person constructs his or her identity in the discussion board forum.

Is a person’s identity entirely self-made? Or, is it possible for fellow message board users to impose an identity on a person?

I also focused my research on a person’s ability to contribute to the overall identity of a particular community, in this case – Bravo TV’s discussion board.

Is it possible to maintain ananimity while contributing to an online community? How?

These are questions worth contemplating, and, as I continue my research on media fandom, I hope to develop many more questions like these.

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