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10 December 2008 @ 01:56 pm
Fandom Podcasts?  
Today was one of those bizarre times when RL intersects with fandom and makes your brain go a little 'splodey.

Somehow, a few weeks ago, fandom came up during work. I think we were actually talking about Trekkies for some reason -- no idea why, as it is entirely unrelated to our job. Nonetheless, the topic had entered the office, and I was quickly revealed as the only person in the office with any knowledge of fandom. One of my bosses was fascinated by this, so I sent him a link to someone's essay about types of fans and fan behavior. The other day I linked him to this article because I think it highlights an important social aspect of fandom. I encouraged him to poke around and read other articles. I'm pretty sure he now wants to put us all under a miscroscope and study us because we are fascinating.

However, he has managed to tie this in to the workplace. We had a meeting today with someone who runs a site that specializes in podcasting. They want to develop podcasts for some of our clients, and also want us to come up with new podcasts that they can host.

So my boss comes into my office after this meeting and says to me, "So he was talking about this and I was thinking -- can we do something with fandom and podcasting? Let's talk about it over lunch."

I just finished a lunch in which I had to discuss how fandom breaks down -- and how it coalesces -- and how podcasts within fandom work. Which meant I had to admit that I know little to nothing about podcasting within fandom, cuz I just never really got into the whole podcast she-bang.

But I have been given the assignment of looking into podcasting for fandom, for a one-hour weekly podcast proposal. I need to figure out if its a workable idea, and what the focus would be.

So, gentle readers, I need your help. Due to the fact that I am woefully inept in this area of fandom, I don't know what people really look for in fandom. As such, if you could kindly be happy, fabulous, sparkly LJ pals and answer a few questions for me, I'd be most appreciative. This also would benefit from the input of others, so I am leaving it as a public post, and asking that people pimp it out if they feel comfortable doing so, so that I can get a broader response.


Survey Says:

1. Do you listen to podcasts, fandom or otherwise?
2. If yes, which?
3. If no, why not? What would a podcast have to feature for you to listen to it?
4. Would you be likely to listen to a podcast that covered "fandom in general," discussing different aspects of fandom with possible guest-speakers (mostly fans) contributing discussion?
5. Or would you be more likely to listen to a podcast that directly addresses a particular show that you fan?
6. What do you think about a podcast about fanfiction in general? Specific to a show?
7. How about one about meta in general? Specific to a show?
8. What topics would you like to hear addressed in a fandom-related (either broad or narrow) podcast?


And I think that is all for now... Many thanks to those who reply, and those who pimp!
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♥blackwidow on December 10th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
1. Do you listen to podcasts, fandom or otherwise? Yes.
2. If yes, which? I listen to:

- 'Comic Geek Speak' which is just a bunch of guys sitting around talking about Comics and anything Sci-Fi.
- 'Earth-2.net: The Show', which has Michael David Simms and Jenny Sea talk about anything from random rants to comics and sci-fi.
- 'The Who Cast', it's a podcast about Doctor Who, Torchwood, & Sarah Jane Adventures.
- 'The 10th Wonder Podcast' is about the TV show Heroes and the fandom, and each week they review and talk about episodes.
- 'Worlds Finest Podcast' is about the DCAU, where they review Batman the animated series and Superman the animated series and so on.
- 'The Planet: A podcast for L Word fans', is with KC & Elka, and they talk about all things Lesbian and Bi-Sexual as well as the show The L Word on Showtime.
- 'Fringe Dwellers' is about the show Fringe.
- 'Doctor Who: Podshock' is about a bunch of guys all over the world who ocme together via scype that talk about Doctor Who.
- 'Bigger on the inside' is another Doctor Who podcast where they review every single Who episode from the very beginning.

And then I also listen to a bunch of podcasts about Ghosts and the Supernatural. I love that sort of stuff.

3. If no, why not? What would a podcast have to feature for you to listen to it? N/A
4. Would you be likely to listen to a podcast that covered "fandom in general," discussing different aspects of fandom with possible guest-speakers (mostly fans) contributing discussion? It depends. I guess it depends on what kind of "Fandom" that you will be talking about for that week. Obviously if you talk about say the Twilight Fandom for that week or the Disney fandom, there would be no way I would listen to those cast episodes.
5. Or would you be more likely to listen to a podcast that directly addresses a particular show that you fan? Yes this would probably be the best bet for myself.
6. What do you think about a podcast about fanfiction in general? Specific to a show? I don't read fanfiction, nor do I show any interest in it so I wouldn't be interested in that sort of podcast.
7. How about one about meta in general? Specific to a show? Hmm, maybe I'm not sure. A podcast has to not only have interesting topics, but they also have to have speakers that are charismic, and easy to listen to.
8. What topics would you like to hear addressed in a fandom-related (either broad or narrow) podcast? Episode reviews, Character disccussions, News, etc...
somewhereapartsomewhereapart on December 10th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your feedback! :)
Heather: BTVS - Fangel 2americangrl69 on December 10th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Do you listen to podcasts, fandom or otherwise? Sometimes
If yes, which? I used to listen to the One Tree Hill one Hilarie did for her character Peyton but they haven't done it for the last few seasons. That's really the only one I've ever listened to. Other than the one the morning show did for the radio station I listen to.
If no, why not? What would a podcast have to feature for you to listen to it? N/A
Would you be likely to listen to a podcast that covered "fandom in general," discussing different aspects of fandom with possible guest-speakers (mostly fans) contributing discussion? Possibly
Or would you be more likely to listen to a podcast that directly addresses a particular show that you fan? I'd probably be more inclined to listen to one for a show I already watch.
What do you think about a podcast about fanfiction in general? Specific to a show? I've never really listened to those. Doesn't mean I wouldn't though. It would probably depend on the fandom it was for.
How about one about meta in general? Specific to a show? Not so much.
What topics would you like to hear addressed in a fandom-related (either broad or narrow) podcast? Can't really think of anything.
somewhereapartsomewhereapart on December 10th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Laura: Geeky Tenprlrocks on December 10th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
1. Do you listen to podcasts, fandom or otherwise? Yes
2. If yes, which? A bunch. Podshock (a Doctor Who podcast is my fav), WhoCast, Snape Cast, the Official Lost podcast and several others when bored.

4. Would you be likely to listen to a podcast that covered "fandom in general," discussing different aspects of fandom with possible guest-speakers (mostly fans) contributing discussion? Interesting idea. Maybe. I think they'd have to use some fandoms I liked as examples. Also, it would depends on which topics were covered.
5. Or would you be more likely to listen to a podcast that directly addresses a particular show that you fan? This is mostly what I listen to. I love the reviews of eps, etc.
6. What do you think about a podcast about fanfiction in general? Specific to a show? Fanfic is a vast topic. It would likely be hard to cover unless you focused on one fandom at a time and even then you'd likely only be touching the surface. I'd more likely only listen to one for a show I liked and then only if they were covering pairings or topics I found interesting.
7. How about one about meta in general? Specific to a show?Not sure about this one.
8. What topics would you like to hear addressed in a fandom-related (either broad or narrow) podcast? I listen for ep reviews, more detailed analysis of plots and characters, interviews with the actors (which actually are common in the podcasts I listen to) and maybe fandom recs, coverage on cons and general fandom humor.


Edited at 2008-12-10 10:30 pm (UTC)
somewhereapartsomewhereapart on December 11th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for the great feedback. :)
obstinate, headstrong girl!: BtVS - Restlesszombie_boogie on December 12th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
I think my answers will be... less than helpful.

1. Do you listen to podcasts, fandom or otherwise?

No.

2. If yes, which?

N/A.

3. If no, why not? What would a podcast have to feature for you to listen to it?

I've just never really gone looking for podcasts I suppose. I flutter on the edges of fandom (reading fic, reading and writing on message boards, that sort of thing) but maybe it is because I'm not hardcore into fandom? I might watch a podcast if I came across it, but I just generally don't.

Also, I usually skip videos or audio clips in posts and on news sites unless I am specifically looking for something to watch. Maybe I have a short attention span or something, but I can't be bothered to stop browsing and watch a video.

4. Would you be likely to listen to a podcast that covered "fandom in general," discussing different aspects of fandom with possible guest-speakers (mostly fans) contributing discussion?

Probably not. I would be more likely to read an article about fandom than watch a video on it.

5. Or would you be more likely to listen to a podcast that directly addresses a particular show that you fan?

This is more likely than the previous question. I wouldn't watch or listen to anything that addresses fandoms I am not personally interested in.

6. What do you think about a podcast about fanfiction in general? Specific to a show?

Again, I'd probably be more interested in an article (since then, you know, you can cite passages and such). I guess I am really a visual learner, not an audio one.

7. How about one about meta in general? Specific to a show?

I... like meta.

8. What topics would you like to hear addressed in a fandom-related (either broad or narrow) podcast?

I like episode discussion, character/relationship discussion, that kind of thing. That's all I can think of at the moment!
somewhereapart: buffy looks sidewayssomewhereapart on December 12th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
There are no unhelpful answers!

Thanks for the feedback -- I'm actually a lot like you in the read fic/boards, etc. but not big into the podcasting/vidding/etc. aspects of fandom. Hence, the survey. hehe :)
2blackbelt2blackbelt on July 7th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Hey, you might know me as 2BlckBlt from ff.net. and I searched to see if you were on LJ. Anyways...
1. Yes
2. Squint Squad (Bones)
3.
4. Possibly one about fanfiction
5. I would prefer one about a show I enjoy. Crystal and Logan's Squint Squad is a great example. I recomend you check it out on Itunes.
6. I would, as I said about find a podcast about fanfic entertaining. There are truly great writers out there and it would be wonderful to get their writing to other people
7. I think that spoilers, news, synopisis, character analysis, fan fiction, and more could all be incorporated.