Presentation Title

Fan Wars! The Online Battle Between K-Pop Fans

Presenter Information

Lissette ChavezFollow

Faculty Mentor

Dr. J.C. Lee

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 11:00 AM

Location

Markstein 306

Session

oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

K-Pop has been widely discussed among scholars in the field of popular culture studies, debating about its contribution to the actualization of counter-cultural flow. However, there is a lack of literature on the folk text of K-Pop fans in the United States who are linguistically and culturally distant to Korea. My paper addresses how fan knowledge factors into the reasons behind why fan wars exists online. Specifically, I used content analysis of four Youtube videos, and their comment sections, to find themes of identity, solidarity and loyalty which translates into protectiveness of their favorite groups. This research is important because K-Pop is a foreign cultural phenomenon that has integrated itself into the online fan participatory practices of fans who are linguistically and culturally distant to Korea.

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Nov 23rd, 10:45 AM Nov 23rd, 11:00 AM

Fan Wars! The Online Battle Between K-Pop Fans

Markstein 306

K-Pop has been widely discussed among scholars in the field of popular culture studies, debating about its contribution to the actualization of counter-cultural flow. However, there is a lack of literature on the folk text of K-Pop fans in the United States who are linguistically and culturally distant to Korea. My paper addresses how fan knowledge factors into the reasons behind why fan wars exists online. Specifically, I used content analysis of four Youtube videos, and their comment sections, to find themes of identity, solidarity and loyalty which translates into protectiveness of their favorite groups. This research is important because K-Pop is a foreign cultural phenomenon that has integrated itself into the online fan participatory practices of fans who are linguistically and culturally distant to Korea.