wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

  • Mood:
  • Music:

Tribal culture

Over at his blog The Long Tail, Chris Anderson talks about the fragmentation of American culture, Anil Dash's photohack of the New York Times, various memes that have become common in the internet culture (to the point where Slashdotters can post All your house are belong to us and everyone knows they're talking about the Kelo decision), and other factors that are leading to the replacement of what my fellow conservatives call "the Dominant Media Culture" with hundreds, maybe thousands of subcultures all coexisting and crosspollinating in a massively parallel megacultural mix.

We've seen that going on in fandom for quite a while, since fandom is itself a mix of subcultures. It started with SF fans, of course, way back in the 1930s, but ever since then other folks with related interests (horror fans, fans of particular TV series, etc.) have taken to showing up at SF conventions or organizing their own get-togethers where they can sit around/stand around and geek out about the things that excite them. The Internet has only accelerated the process by making it easier for people in widely-separated parts of the world to communicate with each other.

So are fans on the cutting edge of this phenomenon? Or is fandom just the part of this cultural shift most visible to me because I'm most familiar with it?
Tags: culture & politics
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.