Feral Fandom (and other terms)

In my opinion — worth the usual two cents with a discount from my never having been involved in Harry Potter fandom myself — one of the reasons that Harry Potter fandom produces such spectacular implosions is that it is a feral fandom, that is, it grew too big and too fast for the more experienced media fans to establish the fannish social norms followed by more traditional media fandoms.

And further geneaology here.

Postscript

It’s possible that the mainstreaming of the Internet means that all fandoms are feral fandoms.

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