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The Evolution of the Fan Video and the Influence of YouTube on the Creative Decision-Making Process for Fans

The Evolution of the Fan Video and the Influence of YouTube on the Creative Decision-Making Process for Fans

Chapter:
(p.219) The Evolution of the Fan Video and the Influence of YouTube on the Creative Decision-Making Process for Fans
Source:
The Survival of Soap Opera
Author(s):
Emma F. Webb
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737165.003.0027

This chapter examines the development of video production and editing practices among General Hospital (GH) fans in a study of how fans use YouTube to distribute historic soap opera content. It suggests that many GH viewers enjoy watching and analyzing soaps online, and gravitate toward websites such as YouTube because of its ease of use and the ability to watch clips uploaded by other fans (a feature not available on any of the networks’ own sites). YouTube makes the soap opera watching experience significantly more flexible.

Keywords:   soap operas, daytime television, General Hospital, video production, editing, soap fans

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