publication . Article . 2008

Women, "Star Trek," and the early development of fannish vidding

Francesca Coppa;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Sep 2008 Journal: Transformative Works and Cultures (issn: 1941-2258, eissn: 1941-2258, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Organization for Transformative Works
Abstract
This paper argues that the practices and aesthetics of vidding were structured by the relationship of Star Trek's female fans to that particular televisual text. Star Trek fandom was the crucible within which vidding developed because Star Trek's narrative impelled female fans to take on two positions often framed as contradictory in mainstream culture: the desiring body, and the controlling voice of technology. To make a vid, to edit footage to subtext-revealing music, is to unite these positions: to put technology at the service of desire. Although the conflict between desire and control was particularly thematized in Star Trek, most famously through the divid...
Subjects
free text keywords: Fan vid, Gender, Quantum Leap, Star Trek, Communication. Mass media, P87-96
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