Title: Fan Knowledge Across Two Web Communities
Social discourses on popular culture put forward two different conceptions of the fan: the excessive fan, and the serious fan. This article problematises that distinction by analysing the same type of practice—knowledge accumulation through Web site use—within the fan community. Web sites devoted to two such communities, Norah Jones and Kylie Minogue, were studied. These two fan community sites include generally similar content offerings pertaining to each of the two singers. They also highlight the considerable fan knowledge, both manifest and latent, that designers and users of these sites share. Working across all of the different types of knowledges mobilised leads to the observations that fans, whether “excessive” fans or “aficionados”, devote considerable energy to accumulating an impressive store of knowledge constellating around their idols.
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