Inside the World of Fangirls – Michael Robertson

I came across this article published by the Daily Mail, further exploring the fangirl culture and all its Hysteria. The article discusses the dedication these girls have in supporting their idol, fangirls consider their obsession a job. The article looks at Beatlemania in the sixties comparing it with a further insight into the One Direction fan girls phenomenon that we had watched and talked about last week’s class.

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Twitter Account ‘Common Fan Girl’ – Jessica McNamee

Good morning everyone, I was scrolling through Twitter and came across an account that perfectly captures this week’s class discussion, reading and documentary watched in class. Above I’ve attached a link to the common fan girl Twitter account, the tweets accurately depict the loyalty, obsession and love fan girls have for their idols. The tweets read on this site, represent the ideals and motives of the girls seen in the documentary in class this week. Some of the tweets read:

“My hobbies include:
1. Crying
2. Eating
3. Going on the internet
4. Talking to people about my fandom who don’t care about my fandom.”

“Life goal : Able to communicate with my idol casually or even be friend with them.”

“In case no one told you today harry styles is beautiful.”

“My idol has been there for me when you haven’t. So shut up, I’ll fangirl as much as I want!”

Nancy Baym discusses the relationships formed online in chapter five of her book, and she notes that some people feel free to lie online whereas others may feel free to be more honest, and in this case fans are nothing but honest and open online in attempts to create a closer relationship with their idols via social media. In turn, fans will also lie online in order to attain the attention from their celeb crush. Through online interactions fans are constantly tweeting to their idols and to each other which illustrates the socially revealing and irrrational behavior that comes from tweeting online.