Harper Liu
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How Fandom Acts as a "Third Place"

The article discusses the importance of "third places" in combating loneliness and fostering community, with a focus on how fandom serves as a modern iteration of these spaces. It explains how physical and digital gatherings within fandoms offer opportunities for connection and identity expression. The piece also suggests ways to enhance these third places, such as fostering inclusivity and leveraging technology. Additionally, it highlights job opportunities and talent resources within fandom communities.

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messo profile image

Probably the best example of this was the fans of The Grateful Dead

Deadheads would often follow the band from city to city, attending many shows on a given tour. Many Deadheads speak of being drawn to the culture due to the sense of community that the band's shows tended to foster. [0]

[0] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grateful_Dead

lefty profile image

People don’t realize how much a creator/artist can impact people’s lives. The sense of belonging that a fan community gives to people is extraordinary. I’m part of several fan communities and they have been great for just meeting people.