Thursday, June 6, 2013

Twitter and meta-reporting in the wake of Game of Thrones

It's news about news, about fandom.

Multiple news sites have recaps of fan response after the Thing That Happened on Game of Thrones this week. (I don't know what happened; I don't watch it, so you're spoiler-free here.)

Game of Thrones is a massively mainstream fantasy television show, proof of how different "geek" culture is today than it was ten years ago. (GoT is also not fantasy enough for some people like myself who get bored of the court intrigue.)

It's mainstream enough that major news sites and newspapers like the New York Post are printing fans' responses on Twitter.

This means that some Twitter users get their 15 minutes of fame. It means that Game of Thrones is going to be in everyone's vocabulary. It means that people are reporting on how a show makes people feel instead of an event that happened. And it means that, for better or worse, the hugging-herself-and-crying response of a fan is seen as important enough to be a human interest blurb.

The tiny space of Twitter becoming the larger space of print news, while slower readers of print news get a glimpse into the fast-paced, massively involving world of Twitter.

This post serves mostly as a reflection, as a statement of "Isn't that weird? That's weird, right?" but I also think the Game of Thrones coverage speaks to the way fandom is becoming mainstream, and how everyone can understand the enjoyment of talking to people, whether they're in your living room or in another country, about a favorite story. 

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