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Episode 22: The Dark Side of Fandom

April 10th, 2016

In the twenty-second episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard present another special episode. This special episode contains the recording of a panel from the 2016 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) called: The Dark Side of Fandom: Shaming, Infighting and Harassment in Fan Spaces.

During this panel, CarrieLynn and Christopher were joined by fellow academics and fans to discuss what leads to the problems being seen in fandom these days, and how to possibly deal with these problems. This discussion is similar to the one covered in Episode 17 Fan Harassment. On this panel are Paul Booth of DePaul University, Katie Wilson of the University of Louisville, Jef Burnham of DePaul University, and Steve Discont of the Illinois Institute of Technology. The episode also samples the song Why Can't We Be Friends by War for an apropos ending.


As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website