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

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

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3983/twc.2015.0615
Link to published version:: 10.3983/twc.2015.0615

Abstract

This paper explores the way fandom is performed on Tumblr by fans of the Sims games series, as well as how the LiveJournal site, SimSecret, attempts to regulate and shame Tumblr behaviour. Through interviews and surveys with fans and content analysis, I examine the way 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 behaviours they do not approve of and how some of this 'shaming' is connected to wider discourses surrounding the pleasures of fans, particularly teenage female fans, often deemed to be excessive, inappropriate or overly 'dramatic'.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.3983/twc.2015.0615
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Depositing User: Ruth Deller
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2014 12:20
Last Modified: 27 May 2015 15:16
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8129

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