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Hanging on by a Common Thread

Hanging on by a Common Thread

(p.265) Hanging on by a Common Thread
The Survival of Soap Opera
Julie Porter
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter details the author’s own experiences with online fandom through the shifting nature of the soap opera industry. The author describes how soap fans bond online through Internet message boards and social networking sites; how fierce bonds can form among soap viewers who are irritated about the same issues; and how Internet soap message boards become interesting soap operas in their own right.

Keywords:   soap operas, daytime television, online fandom, soap opera industry, soap fans

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