My name is Emily and I’ve nearly finished a Bachelor of Media Studies at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. This semester, I have to study a media audience. The audience I’ve chosen for my project is the online Firefly fandom. I need opinions and personal experiences from real fans about fan campaigns, pairings, favourite characters and episodes, trolling, merchandise and more. Since this is the biggest Firefly community on LiveJournal, this was my first stop. I'm here to ask you to participate in a survey about your experiences as a member of online Firefly fandom, so that I can use your replies as part of my project.
I need between fifteen and twenty people to respond to the survey, so if you would like to respond, or know someone who would like to, the survey is under the cut. If people post comments, remember that other people's responses may include spoilers for Firefly or Serenity.
If you have any questions or would like to submit your answers via e-mail, mine is look.at.the.pretties @ gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you! :)
Are you: under 18, 18-25, 25-30, 30-35, 35-40, or over 40?
What is your gender?
What is your occupation?
What country do you live in?
When did you get into Firefly?
Did you take part in organised fan campaigns related to Firefly? If not, would you have participated if you could?
Would you say that you are active in online Firefly communities? Could you give a word that you feel defines your level of activity (e.g. lurker/obsessed fan/frequent commenter/other (please specify))?
Which online Firefly fan communities do you visit or take part in the most?
Do you take part in fan activities like writing fanfiction/drawing fanart/creating fanvids/other (please specify)? If yes, can you give a reason why you enjoy it?
Do you have a favourite character or characters?
Do you have a favourite pairing or pairings?
Do you have a favourite episode or episodes?
Do you count anyone you’ve met through your involvement in online Firefly fandom as a close friend (the kind you would confide in about your life), or do you only talk about Firefly-related things?
Have you witnessed any trolling or controversy in the Firefly fandom?
Have you bought official/unofficial Firefly merchandise?
Do you enjoy any of Joss Whedon’s other works (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse)?
Do you follow any of the Firefly cast?
If you take part in Firefly discussions on forums or chats, which aspects of the series and/or its mythology do you enjoy discussing?
Is there anything about online Firefly fandom that surprises you?Are you active in other fandoms? If yes, could you say which ones?
ETA: Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you! You guys are fantastic. You gave me so much material to work with. From this point, I will be using the twenty-seven comments I got here, plus the three e-mails I received, to write the survey portion of my audience analysis. Thank you! *beams*