I will be speaking on a panel at the New York location of the Paley Center for Media, called “Click Critics: The Power of Fan Websites,” on May 19th. Hopefully some of you local fans might join us – also scheduled to speak are folks from Whedonesque, Lostpedia, OfficeTally, Ugly Is In, and Television Without Pity. Here’s the panel description:
TV recap/fan sites like Television Without Pity have a significant impact on television's creative community, as producers are able to instantly track fans' reactions to their programming. In addition to the entertainment these portals provide readers, they have become the ultimate focus group, making passionate, informed, unfiltered audience responses to new material a simple click away. We are gathering writers behind some of the more well-known sites to discuss the influence of fan sites on programming, the culture of actively engaged critical communities, and their position in the "legitimate" critical landscape.
Gotta admit, it sounds fun. Then again - I'm a marketing geek, not a normal person. If you're nearby, do come on down and heckle me. Here’s the web page for details (panel listed on bottom right).
I'll be posting a link for ticket sales on Friday. Sitrep readers can get tickets for a measly 8 bucks!