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Fandom as a term can also be used in a broad sense to refer to the interconnected social networks of individual fandoms, many of which overlap.


Andrew Slack et al 2013:

Can Fandom Change the World? LeakyCon 2013 Panel w/ Hank Green, Anthony Rapp, Mark Oshiro & more

fantasy is not an escape from our world.. but an invitation to go deeper into it…

in Harry Potter’s name – we are seeing injustices in the world.. and taking care of them

over 100 different chapters on 5 continents

usually civic engaged youth come from families that have been civically engaged.. but with hpalliance – most are the first in their families to be civically engaged..

Hank – key is to figure out what matters to you.. find your people.. to make world a better place – wanting to understand the world.. we are all the to make the structure more equitable.. people who think hard about problems

making the thing that is a thing a thing..

via the power of awesome

perhaps harry potter is the beatles of fandom.. it’s not that we don’t like harry potter anymore – we just like all the other fan doms..

24 min – switching out – what cohesiveness is.. it’s not really about harry potter – it’s about who we are.. and what we care about… the cloud/network – as big ness

26 min – Andrew  – how do we make justice viral… money and charity are essential – but can we go deeper..

…how can we fully leverage the brilliance of the nerd fighters

by sharing a narrative that’s already written on all of their (7 billion people’s) heart.. which also happens to be the deep/flexible/alive ongoing equitable leverage…

38 min – sliding fan\dom into the classroom

yeah – but could we not be more timely.. if timeliness and if free dom matters… and all.


the hp alliance, catching fire, divergent ..


Spokesperson and Digital Content Strategist: Lauren Bird

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[fan\dom ness]

From now on your job is to be a distraction – so people forget what the real problems are.

– Haymitch


the written on every heart\ness – perhaps why disney therapy – fan\dom therapy – quietly revolutionizes us – helps us talk to ourselves.. the words we can’t quite make out.. the voices within.. channeled through the stories that bind us..  (while we’re lamenting about our stupid society – who can’t read – at the same time – we are reading ourselves back to us..)

perhaps special focus/channel on the rolling out of hunger gamescatching firemockingjay – hp alliance – Sutherlands


interesting article countering this:

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Where, in the contemporary West, do we encounter the overtly fascistic forces of lockstep conformity, social segregation and workplace regimentation seen in these stories? I’m not asking whether these things exist, or could exist, I’m asking where we encounter them as ideology, as positive models for living.

while i realize nothing is ever ultimate, black and white, right or wrong. most things can be used/said for complete opposite ideologies, et al.

but in this particular article.. this particular question.. am i missing something huge?

because my mind is like – public education.

  • overtly fascistic forces of lockstep conformity
  • social segregation
  • workplace regimentation

as positive models for living – ie: the american dream, success = go to school/college, get job, make money, and you will be happy..

no? help please..

So, no, the oppressive future societies depicted in “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games” are not allegorical representations of the present, whatever Tea Partyers may tell you. (Please observe: I am not saying there is no danger of fascism in America. But it will come in a prettier package.) 

public ed is the prettiest package we’ll ever get.. no? what else would have clothed such oppression/coercion for at least a couple hundred years.. convincing us to sacrifice our children… daily… without question..

When we convince ourselves that “Divergent” or “The Hunger Games” contains any sort of lesson about resisting authority or speaking truth to power, we have already accepted their central premise that personal liberty, as defined by contemporary capitalism, is a precious virtue and that it might someday be under threat from somebody, somewhere.


The model of individualism presented as so noble and so embattled in these oxygen-propaganda movies is in fact the authoritarian ideology of our time, the instrument used by the 1 percent to drive down wages, dominate and distort the political process and make all attempts at collective action by those below look stodgy, embarrassing and futile.

unless it’s not. there’s a huge difference between individualism and networked individualism ..

completely understand that multiple understandings/meanings can be assumed by all players: readers, movie watchers, authors, filmmakers..

my vantage point is from how youth (mostly youth as readers first) have been taking this in.

and i think their vantage point includes: experiential, resonation, whole picture (ie: four isn’t divergent – find out in allegiant), and expertise/familiarity with the interconnectedness and zoom (in/out) ability the web allows/shows/shares/reveals..

ie: they are the first generation taking in public education with a means to debunk/expose the pluralistic ignorance that the compulsory common-core/basics/road-map is legit. we can’t ban (the ban on) them revealing truth. (that this isn’t their choice, or their parents’ choice, or their teachers’ choice..)  .. the starfish/mockingjay ness is coming to light/being ness.



nov 2014:

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The #MyHungerGames hashtag is inspired in part by Donald Sutherland, the actor who plays President Snow in the Hunger Games series. Sutherland, who is 79, toldGood Morning America that he chose to be a part of the series because he wanted to end his life being “part of something that I thought would maybe catalyze and revolutionize young people.”

Sutherland said he hopes that young people will answer the call like the character Katniss Everdeen does in the films. “We’ve wrecked this world and, if you’re gonna fix it, you’ve got to do it now,” he said.