Links Roundup for 3 October 2011

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Here's a roundup of stories about fans talking about fandom that might be of interest to fans:

  • The social media analytics company Banyan Branch produced a report on social media chatter regarding the upcoming fall US television season and revealed that fan activity is not equivalent to show ratings. While this is likely of no surprise to many fans (Firefly, anyone?), such data may help networks get a broader understanding of what their ratings mean for a given show in terms of how it's actually connecting with its audience.
  • Versa Sharma blogs about her life from ages 14 to 25 growing up with Harry Potter at the Huffington Post, concluding "I work in journalism, a dream of mine for many years, because I believe, like Dumbledore, that "words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.""
  • A blog post asking about the seeming dearth of female anime fans online stirs some discussion about how a focus on only some activities or interests can obscure participation, and provides a good example of how strictly defining a "fan" can erase womens' experience & the diversity of fannish cultures.

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