The Secular Religion of Fandom: Pop Culture Pilgrim

The Secular Religion of Fandom: Pop Culture Pilgrim

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Media pilgrimage has become a booming business in the 21st century. Fans of television shows, rock groups and books flock to places associated with their favorite series, artist or writer, trying to embody and perhaps understand what inspired the beloved piece of work, and, more importantly, to cobble together their own personal identity, seeking meaning in an ever–more divergent and fast-paced world. At the same time, participation in organized group activities are dropping. One of the largest down turns in the US and the UK can be seen in the steep decline of attendance at traditional religious venues. This trend dovetails with the radical uptick in on–line sites dedicated to pop culture and celebrities, as well as an array of niche–focused real–time tours allowing fans ...

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