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‘Is It About the Bunny? No, It’s Not About the Bunny!’: David Lynch’s Fandom and Trolling of Peak TV Audiences

  • David McAvoyEmail author
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Abstract

McAvoy explores how Twin Peaks: The Return reframes the now-dominant template for deep reading practices through collaborative online fan engagement that the original series run made possible. Where fans could originally work together to find ‘closure’ beneath the layers of television shows, this new Twin Peaks ‘trolls’ that desire, instead offering repeated scenes of anti-climactic mundanity. McAvoy argues that David Lynch’s trolling leverages disappointment and boredom into sublimity, asking viewers to explore what we most need out of television art in the digital age. In this way, Lynch is in it ‘for the lulz,’ subverting his most devoted fans’ expectations of what Twin Peaks should be and, in turn, how viewers should respond to the media oversaturation and paranoia endemic in Peak TV.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Miami University RegionalsMiddletownUSA

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