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Avoiding Spoilers in Fan Wikis of Episodic Fiction [article]

Shawn M. Jones, Michael L. Nelson
2015 arXiv   pre-print
A variety of fan-based wikis about episodic fiction (e.g., television shows, novels, movies) exist on the World Wide Web.  ...  Enterprising readers might browse the wiki in a web archive so as to view the page prior to a specific episode date and thereby avoid spoilers.  ...  This presents a problem for episodic fiction fans trying to use the Wayback Machine, or the Internet Archive through Memento, to avoid spoilers.  ... 
arXiv:1506.06279v1 fatcat:dmsqoibdobe5veazkali2ybzsm

Tracing Textual Poachers: Reflections on the development of fan studies and digital fandom

Lucy Bennett
2014 The Journal of Fandom Studies  
of media fans.  ...  Keywords fandom textual poachers method digital fan studies Lucy Bennett Independent researcher tracing Textual Poachers: reflections on the development of fan studies and digital fandom ABstrAct In 1992  ...  For example, how do fans avoid exposure to spoilers from their news feeds on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter?  ... 
doi:10.1386/jfs.2.1.5_1 fatcat:wmxqztzoi5d77eqsgtmn6zuyre

Lost in a Transmedia Universe

Aaron Smith
2011 Revista GEMInIS  
Thus, the revelation from Find 815 was essentially an 'unconfirmed spoiler.'  ...  Finally, hidden mysteries are only noticeable to the hard-core fan who rewinds, re-watches, and freeze frames parts of an episode.  ... 
doaj:87861876a8ec40aba388a711f7a1ec0b fatcat:tgxmpp3uszcujgtg7ckqwftpti

"You can('t) let go now": Mystery boxes, quantum readings and very bright lights in Lost

Florent Favard
2016 TV Series  
They initially appear as a consequence of Juliet detonating a hydrogen bomb in the Swan in 1977, in the hope of modifying the timeline and avoid the construction of the station, in which Desmond spent  ...  Perhaps the "theorist fans" and the "characters fans" are both "here for a reason". After all, what would be the fans "of faith" without the fans "of science"?  ...  message thanking the fans, written by Abrams, that was reblogged many times overfurthermore illustrating the importance of Bad Robot and Abrams in production discourse, in turn influencing fan discourse  ... 
doi:10.4000/tvseries.1738 fatcat:sluonwce2vddlfl7zppswja6mu

More, More, More

Monica Michlin
2011 Mise au Point  
In a double-bind, how does contemporary TV fiction avoid the pitfalls of too-obvious seriality – how does it disrupt linear progression, avoid repetition, renew its esthetics of surprise ?  ...  creating a spoiler subculture of enthusiasts who did not seek to undermine the show but rather to deeply engage with it.25 These fans expressed a number of critiques as to the coherence of the serial  ... 
doi:10.4000/map.927 fatcat:4jfebx74mzgdhowo7n3jy7bqhu

Lostology: Transmedia storytelling and expansion/compression strategies

Carlos A. Scolari
2013 Semiotica: Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies  
After describing the most important components of Lost's transmedia fictional universe in the second section, the article presents a general description and taxonomy of expansion/compression narrative  ...  In the first section, the article presents the basic components of transmedia storytelling from a theoretical point of view that combines narratology and semiotics.  ...  It is worth remembering that the first alternative endings of Lost were produced by the ABC at the end of the fourth season to avoid the risk of possible spoilers that could reduce the impact of the real  ... 
doi:10.1515/sem-2013-0038 fatcat:cxguxz5l5jeodff65s3z4zbu3q

Avoiding Spoilers on Mediawiki Fan Sites Using Memento

Shawn M. Jones
A variety of fan-based wikis about episodic fiction (e.g., television shows, novels, movies) exist on the World Wide Web.  ...  Enterprising readers might browse the wiki in a web archive so as to view the page prior to a specific episode date and thereby avoid spoilers.  ...  With this extension installed, a fan of fiction can avoid spoilers in the fan-based wiki of their choice.  ... 
doi:10.25777/d8hw-b984 fatcat:ysnvqs2wkng2tnrqlexssr7qr4

Why a Guideline for Spoilers? [article]

Jan Christopher Klaus, Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin, Vivien Petras
Firstly, spoiler guidelines exist due to difficulties in defining spoilers, different aims of websites and the different desires for users.  ...  The avoidance of spoilers is a topic of research, that is usually analysed to understand its pattern and its usefulness.  ...  E.g. in three cases it was suggested to avoid spoilers on episode pages, which was in all but one wiki denied.  ... 
doi:10.18452/23772 fatcat:vdoz3w3oobe4lpdmsuzfh3b7ce

A Transmedia Topology of Making a Murderer

Alan Hook, Danielle Barrios-O'Neill, Jolene Mairs Dyer, Mediarep.Org
2020 VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture  
non-fiction media forms.  ...  of a wide range of new material in response to the core series.  ...  , wikis, forums and fan conspiracy theories.  ... 
doi:10.25969/mediarep/14723 fatcat:rvemq55g5jfrnewkr4gdhuhkb4

Baba Yaga, Monsters of the Week, and Pop Culture's Formation of Wonder and Families through Monstrosity

Jill Rudy, Jarom McDonald
2016 Humanities  
In the rare televised appearances outside of Slavic nations, Baba Yaga tends to show up in MOTW episodes.  ...  viewers and fans.  ...  , invites the MOTW viewers also to build close relationships with the fictional characters and with fans.  ... 
doi:10.3390/h5020040 fatcat:l77xow2nwjfplclbfnbm4ytdeu

Visions of human futures in space and SETI

Jason T. Wright, Michael P. Oman-Reagan
2017 International Journal of Astrobiology  
We offer examples of science fiction and other writing that broaden and challenge our visions of human futures in space and SETI.  ...  We discuss how visions for the futures of humanity in space and SETI are intertwined, and are shaped by prior work in the fields and by science fiction.  ...  J.T.W. first encountered many of the references and concepts in this paper via the work of Chanda  ... 
doi:10.1017/s1473550417000222 fatcat:bpcsg4vi6rhjpf3uolwlrwqklu

Content, Control and the Socially Networked Film

Jon M. Garon
2009 Social Science Research Network  
the characters, to expand the scope of the story, and to legitimize fan fiction in a variety of media.  ...  Even older than fan fiction is the genre of nonprofessional theatre.  ...  of the 2009 SAG Basic Agreement. The result is continued ambiguity and expectations for a difficult negotiation when the contract is revised in 2011.  ... 
doi:10.2139/ssrn.1480160 fatcat:bvqfw6dgmjgr5h4ndcucruvepi

Collaborative storytelling experiences in social media: Influence of peer-assistance mechanisms

Chen-Chung Liu, Kuo-Ping Liu, Wei-Hong Chen, Chiu-Pin Lin, Gwo-Dong Chen
2011 Computers & Education  
This study proposes a hypermedia approach to enable students to integrate the episodes of others to develop different branches of stories.  ...  The results of an empirical study show that the performance of students in the hypermedia group was superior to that of members the linear group insofar as perception of collaborative process, peer support  ...  The website Fanfictions (, which enables fans of a fiction to write stories about characters or settings of the fiction, is an example of using social media for collaborative  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2011.02.002 fatcat:kfz4rxv6hndrrg7ysaq6bzteom

14. From Transmedia Storytelling to Transmedia Experience Star Wars Celebration as a Crossover/Hierarchical Space [chapter]

Matt Hills, Dan Hassler-Forest, Sean Guynes
2018 Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling  
, and fan culture.  ...  The book series Transmedia: Participatory Culture and Media Convergence provides a platform for cutting-edge research in the field of media studies, with a strong focus on the impact of digitization, globalization  ...  The fan podcast Fansplaining recently ran an episode flagging that the Kylo Ren/General Hux pairing had become the dominant one for many fan fiction writers, displacing the more racially diverse pairing  ... 
doi:10.1515/9789048537433-017 fatcat:t2zt62v5rfd5pglz3ap4gna6hu

Audience engagement with multi-level fictional universes: The case of Game of Thrones and its Italian fans

Carmen Spanò
2016 unpublished
The investigation of Italian fans' immersion into Game of Thrones' transmedia framework, therefore, aims at identifying the concrete practices that fans engage in as determined by their exploitation of  ...  My analysis focuses on the relationship between Italian fans and the transmedia structure of the popular television series Game of Thrones.  ...  This means that, in order to participate and avoid spoilers, people need to share the same knowledge of the development of the plot.  ... 
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