But fandom is not really about entertainment — it’s about identity, society, and change. We all belong to a fandom — something we identify with, and something that we use to build friendship networks, and to change the world around us.
Why fandoms make a difference
Matt Locke
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This makes me miss LiveJournal. Yes, I know the site still exists, as does Dreamwidth, which was created by fans in reaction to several controversial changes in LJ, but for several years, I had the privilege of being part of a real community there. Fandom was at the core of this community, but around it we built relationships in which we were able to be truly ourselves, to explore aspects of our identity we didn’t necessarily get a chance to in “real life”.

I wrote a couple of papers at uni on the subject of online fandom and identity, that’s how important the whole thing was/is to me. I’m still active as a fan, still friends with several people I would never have met if it wasn’t for Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Fall Out Boy etc., but I miss the days in which I wrote long, personal LJ posts and read my “friends list” every single day.

Who knows, maybe Medium will be a place to get that social aspect of blogging back…