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The Joys & Terrors of Stan Culture (with The New York Times' Joe Coscarelli)

The Joys & Terrors of Stan Culture (with The New York Times' Joe Coscarelli)

Update: 2022-11-03
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Pop Music Reporter for The New York Times, Joe Coscarelli, returns to the podcast to dig into the origins, agony and ecstasy of internet stan culture. DJ Louie and Joe discuss how classic fandoms morphed into internet stan armies, the difference between being a "fan" in the old sense of the word and a modern "stan", who often wraps their entire identity around a pop star, how these armies are weaponized by the star they worship and serve as powerful promotional arms and also, more worryingly, attack dogs against anyone who they perceive as slighting them. Louie and Joe also discuss the connection between pop star stan armies and the broader pervasive of grievance culture in politics and other areas, the positive aspects of these armies, which help like-minded, often queer individuals find community and sometimes organize for good, what gets lost artistically and developmentally in the blind devotion practiced many of these groups, and so much more.

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The Joys & Terrors of Stan Culture (with The New York Times' Joe Coscarelli)

The Joys & Terrors of Stan Culture (with The New York Times' Joe Coscarelli)

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