Television fiction and online communities: an analysis of comments on social networks and forums made by female viewers

Charo Lacalle*, Núria Simelio

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Abstract

This article analyzes the feeling of communities of female social viewers who watch television fiction and participate in social networks and forums dedicated to the programs. The sample is made up of 7,849 comments from 157 platforms (49 Facebook pages, 71 Twitter accounts, and 37 forums). We describe the characteristics of these communities of fans, which differ significantly from cult fandoms and are based on ICT interweaving between reception and female viewers’ daily lives. The results reveal that these active online poster and lurker communities express themselves through their emotional ties with the television series, self-reflection, and the manifestation of intimacy. Identification with the group is based on the relationship of the storylines with their own lives, with no attempts at constructing a cultural or political identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-463
Number of pages15
JournalCritical Studies in Media Communication
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • audiences
  • female identities
  • internet
  • online communities
  • social media
  • Television

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