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Geoff Pearson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087219

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087219.001.0001

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The Impact of Technology

The Impact of Technology

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An ethnography of English football fans

Geoff Pearson

Manchester University Press

This chapter looks at how match-going football fandom has changed since the mid-1990s with new technology. It focuses on the use of mobile and camera phones, internet forums and message-boards, social media and the convergence of these technologies. It argues that new technology has fundamentally changed the way in which match-going fan groups operate in practice on match-days. It also enables fans to share their match-going experience with those who cannot attend particular matches, providing a ‘proxy’ carnival experience, and to recreate and relive their experiences. Finally, technology enables carnival fan groups to advertise their expressions of fandom to a wider audience as being the ‘authentic’ mode of football support and in this way it helps to perpetuate an idealised version of ‘retro fandom’.

Keywords:   Football, Fan, Culture, Mobile Phones, Internet, Social Media, Trolling

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