Simblr famous and SimSecret infamous : performance, community norms and shaming among fans OF "The Sims"

DELLER, Ruth A. (2015). Simblr famous and SimSecret infamous : performance, community norms and shaming among fans OF "The Sims". Transformative Works and Cultures, 18.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3983/twc.2015.0615
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Abstract

This essay explores the way fandom is performed on Tumblr by fans of the games series The Sims (Electronic Arts, 2000), as well as how the LiveJournal site SimSecret attempts to regulate and shame Tumblr behavior. Through interviews and surveys with fans and through content analysis, I examine the way in which Tumblr lends itself to particular performance norms in terms of its aesthetics, content tagging, and interactivity. I explore how fans also call out other fans for behaviors they do not approve of and how some of this shaming is connected to wider discourses surrounding the pleasures of fans, particularly teenaged female fans, often deemed to be excessive, inappropriate, or overly dramatic.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2015.0615
Depositing User: Ruth Deller
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2014 12:20
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2021 17:00
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8129

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