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Reifying the Fan: Inspector Spacetime as Fan Practice

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  • Publication: Popular Communication
  • Date: Vol. 11, no. 2 (2013)
  • Author: Paul Booth
  • Page: 146
  • Language: English
  • Abstract: This article looks at the rise of Inspector Spacetime Internet fandom as a key component in 21st century fandom. A fictional show-within-a-show on the NBC comedy Community, Inspector Spacetime is ostensibly a parody of Doctor Who. It has also developed its own fan base, mainly through the websites TVTropes.com and Tumblr. I argue that the rise of Inspector Spacetime fandom represents a parody of fandom via the tension between production and consumption in a hypermediated culture. Inspector Spacetime fandom parody is double-edged. It offers both a reverence for and an implicit critique of fan activities through an analysis of Doctor Who. At the same time, Inspector Spacetime fandom reifies the boundaries of fandom even as it critiques fan activities.


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  • APA 6th ed.: Booth, Paul (Vol. 11, no. 2 (2013)). Reifying the Fan: Inspector Spacetime as Fan Practice. Popular Communication p. 146.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Booth, Paul. "Reifying the Fan: Inspector Spacetime as Fan Practice." Popular Communication [add city] Vol. 11, no. 2 (2013), 146. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Booth, Paul. "Reifying the Fan: Inspector Spacetime as Fan Practice." Popular Communication, edition, sec., Vol. 11, no. 2 (2013)
  • Turabian: Booth, Paul. "Reifying the Fan: Inspector Spacetime as Fan Practice." Popular Communication, Vol. 11, no. 2 (2013), section, 146 edition.
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