It’s an hour til we’re supposed to meet and I’ve JUST found time and willpower to get some notes down.
This week. A lot happened. Making a lot regarding thesis not happen. So.
Wanted to read Participatory Culture. Read 2 pages. Super rad 2 pages. But… yikes, only 2 pages.
Honestly, most of my progress this week was with the creative piece. And by progress I mean I got inspiration and made some more brainstorming notes. Which! Is cool! But not what I needed to do this week.
Okay, let’s get down to business.
From last week, I really like the idea of putting this Thing of a Thesis together in a website or a podcast. No idea how I would be able to format it into a podcast. Plus I kinda wanna maintain a sense of anonymity for the people I interview, so were I to do a podcast, I wouldn’t be adding the audio from the interviews, just talking about the findings from all those interviews, which I feel wouldn’t really–
What if tho. What if I did both. What if the podcast portion was the more journalistic portion like I did 2 weeks ago. Just like. Talking about my own fandom experiences.
Then there would be a companion site where the podcast is hosted… that also documents the interviews with my friends. I like the idea of it being multi-modal. And who knows? Maybe the podcast will be a continued thing and I could make more episodes with my friends…
That’s post-Thesis, tho…
I have always wanted to try my hand at YouTube… This ain’t really a far reach from that, huh…
Anyway, regarding who I would interview… Lemme just make a mental tally.
After a mental tally, I’m wondering if 15 people is too much. I feel like that would be the Most I would do.
… I might cut it down to 10 just for my mental health’s sake. MAYBE. IDK. I love the idea of hearing many different perspectives, y’know? … Kinda translates to the creative piece, huh. Whew.
As to what I’ll be asking them about… when I first came up with this interview idea, I was thinking of staying in the BTS fandom and kinda exploring that environment (as rife with drama as it is), but I feel like maybe it’d be best to start there and explore what other fandoms each person is in. Maybe limiting to KPOP, maybe not… That I have to think about. Might be easier just for this purpose to limit to KPOP, since I’d be interviewing mainly from one group of friends and we came together through that fandom.
Maybe post-Thesis podcast can expand to other fandoms…
Okay. Next week. I will have written out questions for the interviews. Just startup things I definitely wanna ask. I’d like for the interviewees to kinda Go Off on their respective interests and feeling of belonging (or not) in their fandoms, as well as any productivity that came from these interests career- or academic-wise. God knows I have. Kinda.
p.s. – thetigerofmaltesekind gave me the idea of possibly crafting a “fake fandom” for my creative piece. Like, modeling social media posts and reviews of the story. I’m. Intrigued by this. And will definitely think on it.