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The "Theft of Fire" in digital age : a case study on Chinese fansub group Yi Gui Jun Tuan

Du, Pan LU (2019) MKVM13 20191
Media and Communication Studies
Abstract (Swedish)
The Fansub group refers to a group of people produce and share the translation work of media content based on their interests. Fansub groups are always viewed as a hotly debated topic which involves many different academic research fields, including piracy, fan labour and so on. China has attracted special attention in this topic due to a large number of fansub groups as well as some censorship policies. However, most existing studies focus more on power relations and distributions, pay less attention to the fan community and fan productions.

Instead of treating fansubbing as pirated activities, this thesis intends follows Crisp (2015)’s idea of viewing fansubbing as a part of the cultural process of film distribution. By conducting... (More)
The Fansub group refers to a group of people produce and share the translation work of media content based on their interests. Fansub groups are always viewed as a hotly debated topic which involves many different academic research fields, including piracy, fan labour and so on. China has attracted special attention in this topic due to a large number of fansub groups as well as some censorship policies. However, most existing studies focus more on power relations and distributions, pay less attention to the fan community and fan productions.

Instead of treating fansubbing as pirated activities, this thesis intends follows Crisp (2015)’s idea of viewing fansubbing as a part of the cultural process of film distribution. By conducting the semi-structured interview with fansubbers, the case study on Chinese fansub group “Yi Gui Jun Tuan” explores fansubbers and their engagement with and translation of Game of Thrones. This thesis provides the idea of extension engagement and adaptation engagement when researching media content which adapted by another medium. In addition, this thesis discusses the unequal push-pull relations (Hill, 2019) between formal media and informal media. Moreover, this thesis argues that not all the masses enable to participate in participatory culture and write rogue archive since capable people play the role of a gatekeeper. Because hierarchy exists within and outside the fansub groups, which happens with identity construction, culture, and geography. Besides analysing theories, this thesis also provides Yi Gui Jun Tuan’s working process and working strategies in details. (Less)
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Du, Pan LU
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MKVM13 20191
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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fansub groups, fan free labour, engagement, formal and informal distributions
language
English
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8985648
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2019-06-25 14:23:39
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  abstract     = {The Fansub group refers to a group of people produce and share the translation work of media content based on their interests. Fansub groups are always viewed as a hotly debated topic which involves many different academic research fields, including piracy, fan labour and so on. China has attracted special attention in this topic due to a large number of fansub groups as well as some censorship policies. However, most existing studies focus more on power relations and distributions, pay less attention to the fan community and fan productions. 

Instead of treating fansubbing as pirated activities, this thesis intends follows Crisp (2015)’s idea of viewing fansubbing as a part of the cultural process of film distribution. By conducting the semi-structured interview with fansubbers, the case study on Chinese fansub group “Yi Gui Jun Tuan” explores fansubbers and their engagement with and translation of Game of Thrones. This thesis provides the idea of extension engagement and adaptation engagement when researching media content which adapted by another medium. In addition, this thesis discusses the unequal push-pull relations (Hill, 2019) between formal media and informal media. Moreover, this thesis argues that not all the masses enable to participate in participatory culture and write rogue archive since capable people play the role of a gatekeeper. Because hierarchy exists within and outside the fansub groups, which happens with identity construction, culture, and geography. Besides analysing theories, this thesis also provides Yi Gui Jun Tuan’s working process and working strategies in details.},
  author       = {Du, Pan},
  keyword      = {fansub groups,fan free labour,engagement,formal and informal distributions},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The "Theft of Fire" in digital age : a case study on Chinese fansub group Yi Gui Jun Tuan},
  year         = {2019},
}