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It’s all too easy to dismiss colorful, fun books of this sort, with their brief chunks of text and apparently oversized photos, as merely motivational in nature.
Can creators in essence separate the “super” from the “hero” and still be said to be working with the same character?
Long after the school year ends, students will still think about their Civil War-reenacting history teacher or their librarian who enters poetry competitions.
When it comes to fanfiction and academics, there is a long history of non-fans writing and doing things that fans don’t particularly like, so you should be extraordinarily careful when you introduce fanfiction-based exercises to wary young fans.
Do young fanfiction authors seek the kind of feedback that educators would find “useful” in K-12 settings, and are fanfiction communities really the nurturing environments of peer-critique that some make them out to be?
Student sports fans (in this case, baseball fans specifically) can leverage their outside-of-school literacies to comprehend and appreciate the sophisticated cartoons and high-level text.
"We can look at cosplay as a medium that assists other media, anime and manga, by targeting a certain audience segment related to fandom."
"The key idea is actually a media literacy one related to representation: no one in real life actually looks like an anime or manga character."
Filmmaker Cullen Hoback's work represents a treasure trove of ideas for those who want to connect domestic spying and the death of privacy to civics, media studies, ICT, and political theory—not to mention information literacy and digital literacy specifically.
The reason such overt silliness is nonetheless so effective is that we all connect with the fantasy of controlling a creature much, much larger than we could ever hope to be.