Saturday, July 16, 2011

FNL Fans, Not NFL Fans

While its not about the origins of fandom, it's worth considering as another key moment in fan history: the story of "Friday Night Lights." FNL concluded forever last night, prompting longtime supporter and TV critic Matthew Gilbert to reflect on its meanings. He talks especially about the fans, who had a particular relationship to the show that had little to do with either Texas or football, which is interesting, given that the show was based on a book and a feature film about Texas football. (Talk about "encoding and decoding"...).

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