Here’s the paradox: to be desired by the networks is to have your tastes commodified. On the one hand, to be commodified expands a group’s cultural visibility. Those groups that have no recognized economic value get ignored. That said, commodification is also a form of exploitation. Those groups that are commodified find themselves targeted more aggressively by marketers and often feel they have lost control over their own culture, since it is mass produced and mass marketed. One cannot help but have conflicted feelings because one doesn’t want to go unrepresented— but one doesn’t want to be exploited either.
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Very large linkspams to all sorts of mentions of fanfic in the media, posted weekly. Includes quotes from the pertinent bits. Beautifully formatted, and especially great for getting an instant overview of what people are saying when something fandom-related happens that’s remarkable enough for non-fannish media to pick up on it.
For instance, I was surprised to see that throughout the initial Fifty Shades of Grey uproar, many media outlets were being quite reasonable and even positive about fic. Often awkward and rarely 100% correct, and often a bit sensationalist. But the ones that got it completely backwards or dissolved into “think of the children” angsting seemed to be a blessedly small minority.
In any case, highly recommended resource.