Nostalgia, fandom and the remediation of children’s culture

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Abstract

While convergence culture allows for the remediation of childhood media of yesteryear, it also allows adult fans to reconnect with their own youth and transform contemporary identities by including visible links with their past. Nostalgia for childhood should be viewed as an integral part of keeping in touch with the self and as an anchor to a personal history which can be remade, recreated, and remolded at the touch of a button or the purchase of a new toy. Through an analysis of key media franchise products such as LEGO Dimensions and online videos where fans re-edit and mash together media texts, this chapter will consider the reconstruction of personal and public memories of childhood in the digital sphere and assess how adult fans play with nostalgia in the transformation and construction of a new media identity within the wider online community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies
EditorsPaul Booth
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Chapter10
Pages161-174
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781119237211
ISBN (Print)978-1119237167, 978-1119237235
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • Fandom
  • Nostalgia
  • Remediation
  • LEGO
  • Childhood

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