In this chapter I want to argue that the dismissal of aesthetic considerations from much work in media/cultural studies--a foundational gesture aimed at distinguishing academics from both "naive" consumers and "imposed" ideologies--does not, in fact, work to install critical rationality or desired neutrality (Barthes 2005). I will suggest that via its anti-aesthetics (see also Sandvoss, this volume) much cultural studies work has constructed cultural distinction for itself bu implying that its scholars are exempt from the domains of fan culture and/or popular culture (Hills 2002, 2005b). However, such a fantasized exemption has not all produced an escape from "popular aesthetics" (Bird 2003) but has instead recoded aesthetic judgments within the supposedly pristine spaces of academia.
|Title of host publication||Fandom|
|Subtitle of host publication||Identities and Communities in a Mediated World|
|Editors||Jonathan Gray, C. Lee Harrington, Cornel Sandvoss|
|Number of pages||15|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9780814732380, 0814732380|
|ISBN (Print)||0814731813, 9780814731819, 9780814731826, 0814731821|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2007|
Hills, M. (2007). Media Academics as Media Audiences: Aesthetic Judgments in Media and Cultural Studies. In J. Gray, C. L. Harrington, & C. Sandvoss (Eds.), Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World (1st ed., pp. 33-47). NYU Press.