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Fandoms/Internet Subcultures and Social Sciences

Post by Grockstar124 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:01 pm

I understand that a big part of the more social/historical sciences is understanding how cultures and civilizations work and form. The weird thing is, something I haven't seen studied that you think would be a big help to those fields: Internet Subcultures, and/or fandoms of hit movies, cartoons, books, video games, etc.

Think about it. These things pop up frequently, become well-known and manage to pull in several people, mature as the work or culture reaches it's climax, and then die, sometimes rapidly, sometimes a slow death, rather like certain empires (Rome/Byzantine), and are buried under newer, more popular fandoms, sometimes a modified version of the original enjoying a large, but not as massive, boom as the original work (again, Byzantine to Rome).

So, why haven't these been studied yet? You'd think scientists would be all over them, considering that even the oldest survivors have barely lived for 7-10 years, compared to the ones outside the Internet which last for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of years. I mean, they pop up all the time, are literally accessible with the push of a few buttons, evolve (and die) much faster then any "real" culture. Yet I haven't heard about any popular paper or study on them.

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Post by 20 characters! » Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:26 pm

I wouldn't say they're completley unstudied it's just they're a fairly new thing unless you count sporting fans who do the same things only to greater extremes and have had more time to become a studied and accepted phenomenon.
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Post by Tiberius » Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:08 pm

Part of the problem might be that writing a paper on memes seems like something that would get you laughed at

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Post by 20 characters! » Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:28 pm

Tiberius wrote:Part of the problem might be that writing a paper on memes seems like something that would get you laughed at
People have written papers on belly button lint and not been laughed at.

Some really intresting sociology reaserch could come of this.

The phrase meme came from meme theory right?
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Post by Prudentia » Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:30 pm

Tiberius wrote:Part of the problem might be that writing a paper on memes seems like something that would get you laughed at
Not really, sociologists and cultural anthropologists do research based on the internet and it's cultures, but they just so short lived. Most studies into a culture take 2-4 years o produce a paper. For most memes and internet subcultures, they usually die before data collection can even finish. Sociologists doing a study like most other scientists, have to get funding. Getting enough funding, alone, usually take 12-20 months, during which the internet subculture/meme stands a high chance of dying.

Some research has been done, but the short longevity of memes and internet culture is the very reason why they are hard to study.
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Post by 20 characters! » Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:36 am

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Post by NuclearCat » Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:37 pm

It's probably because of the whole digital native/immigrant thing. Most of the worlds population are considered "immigrants" to this extremely new form of culture. The web wasn't used like it is now up until maybe a little over 10-15 years ago. The internet itself isn't even 50 years old. I think it's simply too young and new to people in order to do extensive research on.
There is a lot of study on these things though, even if it mostly just the science-y youtubers' videos.

And like Prudentia said, the official research you may be looking for takes a lot of time to conduct. And in that time these tends die out and I personally don't think people want to spend time and money on something that would/has become irrelevant within a few months.
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Post by 20 characters! » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:22 am

Of course the oldest fandom from what I can tell is for Sherlock Holmes so you can at least say that fandom's are not a new thing.
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Post by Grockstar124 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:41 am

20 characters! wrote:Of course the oldest fandom from what I can tell is for Sherlock Holmes so you can at least say that fandom's are not a new thing.
To be fair, Sherlock Holmes fans don't draw their favorite detective in a skirt...

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Someone get on this right now.

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Post by Andrewsarchus » Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:07 am

Grockstar124 wrote:
20 characters! wrote:Of course the oldest fandom from what I can tell is for Sherlock Holmes so you can at least say that fandom's are not a new thing.
To be fair, Sherlock Holmes fans don't draw their favorite detective in a skirt...

...

Someone get on this right now.

That is true though.
Look harder. I bet someone has done it before.

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