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Fandoms, Social media and the hysteria that follows

Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction celebrate their VMA for Song of the summer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at The Barclay Center in New York City, NY, Sunday, August 25, 2013. (Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/MCT)

Written by Olivia Studdard, Staff Writer

Fandom can be expressed in many different ways. Some people write fan fiction devoted to their favorite characters based around scenes that they’ve imagined and dreamed about, and that’s only one end of the fandom spectrum.

The ultimate goal is to find others with the same passions. That is why social media is such a vital part of fandom life these days.

Where do you belong? Who do you follow? What do you binge-watch on Netflix every spare minute in between classes, and what posts do you scroll through relentlessly at night?

You log on to Facebook and the first thing that pops up is a Buzzfeed quiz asking you to figure out which Hogwarts house you belong to, or which Grey’s Anatomy character you’re most like. (I’m Meredith Grey, for anyone who wants to know, and I belong to Gryffindor.)

It seems to only take two flicks of a thumb scroll before you’ve gotten all riled up over an article from The Huffington Post or The Odyssey about another fake Friends reunion that’s never going to really happen.

If you’re more of a Twitter socialite, then you perhaps remember the time when Twilight ruled the world and it seemed that even the tides in the ocean took sides for Team Edward and Team Jacob. It’s so much easier to voice an opinion when it’s only 140 characters.

People create polls to see which Kardashian sister is actually a real Kardashian, or if Taylor Swift is really “Out of the Woods”.

Over on “Instagram Island” there are fake accounts of real people made by fans for other fans to gaze in wonder at all of the pictures and facts that are posted.

It seems that no matter which social media outlet you choose, you will be bombarded with fans of all kinds. Maybe you belong to all of the fandom groups above, or maybe you’re still searching for a place to belong.

But like they always say, “If you can’t beat them, join them.”


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