Should fandoms be political? (Yes)

Released Friday, 19th June 2020
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Everything you consume is political; 100%! It cannot be avoided and, really, that point shouldn’t be avoided anyway! Why then do people insist that the fandoms and media that they participate in be apolitical? This week, we’ve definitely got things to say!

In particular, we talk about:

  • How media normalizes certain behaviours and ideas, and makes them the default experience

  • How politics is often used as a shield to deflect from critical examination of media and fandom

  • The privilege of being able to treat things as though they are not political

And more! All in under thirty minutes.

Episode Outline

Topics: Be critical of the media you consume; media is political (yes even feel-good media); Doctor Who is designed to be changed (and woman doctor is not political); violence is normalized in media; Undertale is great; Politics does not mean political party; politics as systems; politics via omission; systems determine behaviours and outcomes

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Every week, our podcast, Fanthropological, delivers about an hour of fandom-related “fanalysis” covering a different fandom every week and giving you hard data, history, special guests, and, of course, speculation!

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We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick.

We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans.

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