Redistributing Japanese Television Dorama: The Shadow Economies and Communities around Online Fan Distribution of Japanese Media

Rayna Denison

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Fans’ online activities are often traced through the most active participatory members of fan communities. By contrast, this article examines online fan distribution from the outside in as a way of reconsidering how the peripheries of a fandom shape the communities at the heart of a fan culture. Taking Japanese dorama (television drama series) as my case study, I examine how dorama fans redistribute texts and how they communicate with one another while doing so. I argue that these practices reveal an emerging shadow economy that tantalizing challenges some entrenched ideas about online fan communities and their creative work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-72
Number of pages15
JournalVelvet Light Trap
Early online date24 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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