Bowie Nets and Online Interactions
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This chapter explores the ways that fans have been provided with an interpretative framework for their inner-contemplation and creativity through Bowie fandom online, raising questions of the value of stars and their art for the individual ‘becoming’ or positive self-actualisation. Precisely because the star performer can establish an intimate connection with a willing individual, a fan can be affected positively (and sometimes negatively) as they navigate their way through key life moments. A relationship is able to form between the celebrity/star performer and a listening body who might self-identify as ‘fan’ as they closely connect virtually to an experience of a particular medium, a particular materiality and a particular cultural phenomenon that matters. This chapter uses a non-intrusive methodology to specifically question the role and use of the Internet and social media by David Bowie and his fans for their shared experiences online and the multi-layered nature of creative practices or shared stories that emerge therein. In this chapter, we locate these intertextual links and cultural echoes for the expansive dialogic matrix in which they function and are used by his fans online.
KeywordsDavid Bowie Social media Twitter Facebook BowieNet Digital shimmer Digital media Fandom Affect User-generated stories
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