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Emphasising the contradictions of fandom, Matt Hills outlines how media fans have been conceptualised in cultural theory. Drawing on case studies of specific fan groups, from Elvis impersonators to X-Philes and Trekkers, Hills discusses a range of approaches to fandom, from the Frankfurt School to psychoanalytic readings, and asks whether the development of new media creates the possibility of new forms of fandom. Fan Cultures also explores the notion of "fan cults" or followings, considering how media fans perform the distinctions of 'cult' status.
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Matthew Joseph Hill (born December 4, 1978 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is a talk show host, co-owner of Right Way Marketing, LLC, and a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing the Tennessee General Assembly 7th House District (part of Washington County within northeast Tennessee).
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