I’m reading Textual Poachers by Henry Jenkins and I … can’t honestly believe my eyes? This book was written in 1992 and it’s incredible how good it is at analyzing fandom practices. One can agree or not with Jenkins’s thesis and opinions, but nobody can deny the overall respect to popular culture and its audience. It’s moving, and refreshing – and depressing once you think how much audience is still mistreated by the majority of show-runners, authors, producers and Powers That Be.
How comes Henry Jenkins manage to do so good when Web 2.0 wasn’t a thing, when TPTB could rarely have a correct understanding of fans and their practices? Can we make this book mandatory reading, please? I’m not asking for it to be a Bible, but to at least let it teach some respect to media’s producers? Yes?