My dissertation focused on the fan community of vidders, who create remix of film and television sources in combination with music to create vids, or fan-made music videos. This is a (mostly) female community with a unique method of interpreting popular culture texts who share their creations both online in Livejournal vidding communities and face-to-face at conventions and other fan gatherings. Vids often explore themes not intended by the original creators, and demonstrate in a dynamic visual and auditory form how television audiences engage with their favoured texts. Here’s an example of one of my favourite vids to give you an idea:
Using ethnographic methods, online and off, I explored both the texts created by this community and also the individuals involved in the practice. I argued that vids deconstruct television texts in specific ways by separating the paradigmatic and syntagmatic elements, and that this practice is influenced by the social construction of gender. I explored the boundaries of and relationships within the vidding community, and also the strategies used by vidders to protect themselves from intellectual property disputes.