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Published October 9, 2016

My audience is nerds. At least, I believe it is. Maybe it’s broader than that. But, I already knew the audience that I wanted. I want those who are interested in video games, cartoons, and movies and I want them to comment and join in on the discussion. I want to take established concepts within these public spheres, and add a different perspective or spin on them. For example, with my Modern Cartoon Post, I wanted to take a different angle which opposes the socially accepted nostalgia blinds. It is so easy to say “everything sucks now, it was way better when I was a kid.” I do not believe that to be true at all, so my aim is to critique and discuss topics that have never, or barely been discussed. For example, when talking about Harry Potter, I want to talk about my experience reading it for the first time, because I just finished the seven main novels two weeks ago. At least, that’s my attempt to differentiate myself.

I also enjoy creating videos, and I enjoy creating videos about my posts. The media is the message, so I reach two public spheres using two different platforms. There is a difference between the readers of video game analysis and watchers of video game analysis. However, by reaching these two spheres, I can conjoin these two preferences with my passions.

Also, I want my content to be appropriate and readable for anybody. Already I have picked a specific sphere to work with, so I wish to appeal to that sphere as broadly as possible. For example, I do not include profanity. My lack of vulgarity allows my semi-professional posts to look a bit more semi-professional. More importantly, it allows me to share it on my public social media without fear of vilification. I can share this on my facebook and twitter; both of which are present to my parents. Though this only brings my audience to a potential hundred or so people, that is still better than no audience at all. Furthermore, the length of my posts stays roughly around 1000 words. That allows for reads that are poignant and quick. I recently removed the “essays” section because I do not wish to write it, and I’m fairly confident that strangers do not want to read it.

Although I specified that I want nerds as my audience, I attempt to reach smaller public spheres with my posts as well. The posts/videos I strive for are analytical for dedicated fans, but explanatory for newcomers as well. For example, with my Pokemon post, I reach two – possibly even more – public spheres. The general one I reach is the Pokemon community. I appeal to their love of every Pokemon and the brand itself. However, a more subtle sphere I critique is nostalgic fanboys/girls. I reach out to the counter public of all Pokemon lovers and vouch for them. And I probably turn off the fans of the first 151 Pokemon. With any writing, you attract and repel any public sphere. Because of this, I have learnt not to please all audiences, because it is not possible. By speaking my mind and opinions, I will automatically reach public spheres of fandoms, and repel others. And that is perfectly okay.

While formulating my persona public sphere and community, I wish to be inclusive of all races and genders. A politically driven friend said to me “Nolan, why are you writing about games and media? It’s make-believe and theoretical.” To that, I say that my primary goal with this site was never a politically driven message or deep, artistic meaning. I created this site for escapist entertainment. And that’s why I believe I can reach a larger audience. In my posts, I include no hatred towards any gender or race, as my focus is solely on nerd culture. After all, the public sphere I am trying to appeal to is already limited, so why limit it further? Are there many transgender fans of Arc Rise Fantasia? Probably not, but there are still some, so why exclude them? My content is accessible to anybody with a working internet connection and a passion for nerdy culture. There is no point in my vilifying any specific subset of an already small public sphere.

One Comment

  1. Hannah McGregor Hannah McGregor

    Nice! You’ve definitely struck a clear tone on this site — a generally positive and inclusive take on nerd culture. I think there’s definitely an audience for this kind of writing.

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