Wish it were here: fan travel vlogs as virtual spaces of popular culture tourism

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Abstract

Social media and video platforms like YouTube and Instagram are popular spaces for contemporary fandom, with multimedia franchises providing ample material for discussion, spoilers, livestreams, reviews, walkthroughs, and the production of other fan made content. Travel vlogs, videos that emphasize adventure and tourist activities while showcasing the vlogger's brand and the essence of a destination, serve as liminal spaces for fan tourism. They depict travelling fans immersing themselves in the physical experience of being on site while also helping fans watching online to imagine their own presence in that space, even plan for a potential future visit of their own. This chapter discusses travel vlogs, their construction of fan geographies, and analyses the fan as digital tourist guide.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTouristic World-Making and Fan Pilgrimage in Popular Culture Destinations
EditorsVassilios Ziakas, Christine Lundberg, Maria Lexhagen
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherChannel View Publications Ltd
Pages113-128
ISBN (Print)9781845418939
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2024

Publication series

NameTourism and Cultural Change
PublisherChannel View Publications

Keywords

  • Film Tourism
  • Fandom
  • Ghostbusters
  • New York
  • Pop Culture
  • World-Making

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