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An Alternative InternetRadical Media, Politics and Creativity$
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Chris Atton

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780748617692

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617692.001.0001

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Fan Culture and the Internet

Fan Culture and the Internet

(p.138) Chapter 6 Fan Culture and the Internet
An Alternative Internet

Chris Atton

Edinburgh University Press

Internet radio demonstrate the ways in which the application of new technology to a traditional medium might prompt audiences to create their own forms of creative communication. This chapter focuses on such audiences as fans and examines how the online fanzine has developed as a means of building and maintaining taste communities across geographic boundaries. It looks at avant-garde and experimental forms of contemporary popular music, examines particular fanzine projects that have emerged on the Internet, analyses them in terms of their historical connections with the printed fanzine, and considers the extent to which the online fanzine is presenting new opportunities for fan production. The chapter also assesses the creative potential of ezines and the opportunities they offer for fans to become creative artists themselves. After discussing the nature and purpose of fanzines, it explores progressive rock fanzines on the web, fanzines as encyclopaedias, and the involvement of musicians in the production and writing of fanzines or fanzine-like publications.

Keywords:   fanzines, fans, popular music, Internet, ezines, progressive rock, encyclopaedias, musicians

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