Såpoperan ”Glamour” och liv på nätet : En netnografisk och kvalitativ innehållsanalysstudie av en fandom och fandiskussioner på Facebook.
The purpose of this thesis was to investigate the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” (Swedish title “Glamour”) and its viewers/fans and to understand on a deeper level how their communication looks like on the social media. The study also discusses partly the aspect of power between the mass media that in some way have an influence on the soap opera and its fans. The basis for this has also been the fans conversations in the social media.To answer the purpose of the essay, I specified it in the form of three following questions: “How does the Swedish “The Bold and the Beautiful” fandom is being design through their communicative actions on the social media?", “What kind of “fan-talk” the Swedish “The Bold and the Beautiful” fans are being engage on Facebook?” and “How can the power relationship between “The Bold and the Beautiful“ fans and different media be understood from the “fan-talk” and construction of the fandom that can be found on Facebook?”To examine the purpose of the essay and get answers to my questions I looked closely at the Swedish fans of the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful”. I have chosen to investigate two Facebook groups: ”Glamour ettan - en del av Glamoursällskapet” och ”Glamoursällskapet 2.0”.The method used is a form of netnography where the data has been analyzed by qualitative content analysis.Social TV is a phenomenon in which television viewers use social media to discuss with other media users specific media content. “The Bold and the Beautiful” fans in my study uses Facebook to discuss, argue and debate about the soap opera thus making “The Bold and the Beautiful” to a social TV. The social TV created a new kind of audience so called the social audience, which is a result of a change within the new media development. The process of change is itself based on interactivity through social networks. The study describes the characteristics of a fan, a person whose activities expands wider than just watching a particular television program. If a person chooses to devote their own time to discuss media content that is available on the classic media channels with other media users, he becomes conscious or unconscious, a fan. Members of both study groups are an example of the social audience.The study shows that previous research from mainly Fiske (1992) and Jenkins (1992) on fans and fandom, confirms their results how a fandom constructs itself. From the perspective of how the opportunities and conditions for fans to communicate have changed, it is remarkable that recent years facilitated by use of the social media. The study shows that social media today is the main arena for fan-talk. Regarding the power aspect the study shows a clear relationship between the fans and the media. The fans want to be able to influence the media to raise the attention of the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” through various activities.
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