“Are you there Podd? It’s me, your listener.” En kvalitativ intervjustudie om podcastlyssning och fandom.

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper

Författare: Elsa Bladh; Lisa Andersson; [2021-02-02]

Nyckelord: podcasts; commitment; fandom; listening; economic investment;

Sammanfattning: The following study examines how podcast listeners express a commitment througheconomic investment, time spent listening and an expression of relation to the creators ofcertain podcasts. By using Henry Jenkins and Jolie Jenson’s theories regarding fans andparticipatory culture we will examine and analyse how the individuals interviewed for thisresearch can be defined as a type of fans, who contradicts the stereotypical idea of what fansare and how they act. With the help of theoretical concepts such as prosumers, created by Alvin Toffler, and the engagement pyramid, by Andrea Phillips, we will also show how the interviewees express commitment to podcasts and display strong feelings of deepconnections. This analysis is drawn from eight interviews with individual podcast listeners.Recognizing the broad spectra of podcasts available a selection of individuals was conducted which focused on individuals economically invested in Swedish podcasts and who perceived themselves as committed listeners. This commitment is analysed and further explored in regard to the time spent listening to podcasts, how they describe their listening habits and which type of podcasts they consume. This paper concludes how fandoms can be created within the podcast community and how this is expressed through economical and emotional investment by the listeners.

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