University of Colorado Boulder
Fandom, Social Media, and Authenticity in the Digital Age
University of Colorado Boulder

Fandom, Social Media, and Authenticity in the Digital Age

This course is part of Fandom and Popular Culture in the Digital Age Specialization

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Christopher Haynes

Instructor: Christopher Haynes

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What you'll learn

  • Define and describe the relationship between fandom, popular culture, and digital media as each impact our identity and interactions with others

  • Apply critical self-reflection and close reading frameworks through personal and professional writing

  • Engage with pop culture and fandom communities by leveraging online platforms to make connections and synthesize learning

  • Reflect on your personal relationship to social media, identity, representation, and social interaction online

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16 hours (approximately)
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There are 4 modules in this course

In this module, you will explore the relationships between key dynamics of fandom, popular culture, and digital media. You will practice skills in self-reflection and interpretation, as well as begin the process of representing your own fandom through writing and digital publication in your very own blog.

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4 videos9 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt2 plugins

In this module, you will explore social media as a case study for participatory culture and the modes of engagement and representation of the self that are possible in the digital age. Specifically, you will explore the concept of the “selfie” as a vehicle for the complex interplay of identity, memory, representation, and participation in popular culture. You’ll practice critical self-reflection as a means to better understand your engagement with fandom and popular culture.

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2 videos6 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt1 plugin

In this module, you will explore the dynamics of personal experience and political ideology as each plays into the ways we engage and interpret popular culture and fandom around us. You will use Roxane Gay as a case study, particularly her framing of “bad feminism” as a means of discussing authentic engagement in the digital age. You will gain skills in analysis and interpretation, as well as close reading. You’ll also prepare your final blog project submissions.

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2 videos6 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt1 plugin

In this module, you will explore some speculation about the future of social media engagement and the stakes for representation and identity. You will continue to apply your skills of self-reflection and close reading to prepare your fandom immersion blog project submission.

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4 videos5 readings1 quiz1 peer review1 discussion prompt1 plugin

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Christopher Haynes
University of Colorado Boulder
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