Doc Jenkins recently spoke at TEDxNYED about participatory culture and how that has an impact on people's social activism. He starts with a story about a kid named Pete, who's able to interact as a peer with others much older than himself because of the web anonymity he assumes outside of his "formal" duties as a student. Much like I was talking about yesterday, this loose-knit group is then able to recognize each other for their individual abilities, regardless of social and cultural backgrounds and formal training and whathaveyou, and collectively effect social change.
Sean Kleefeld is an independent researcher whose work has been used by the likes Marvel Entertainment, Titan Books and 20th Century Fox. He writes the ongoing “Incidental Iconography” column for The Jack Kirby Collectorand “Kleefeld on Webcomics” column for MTV Geek. He’s also contributed to Alter Ego, Back Issue and Comic Book Resources. Kleefeld’s 2009 book, Comic Book Fanthropology, addresses the questions of who and what comic fans are. He blogs daily at KleefeldOnComics.com.