The Danger of Extreme Fan Culture: Lessons from the Show "Swarm" (Show #93)
Show #93 notes discussing the Amazon Original series "Swarm" by Donald Glover and Janine Nabers.
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Recap of the Episode
This week, we talked about the interesting new show "Swarm," which suprised us last week using a creative marketing machine, and because the story incorporates some reimagining of true events based on a well-known pop star that we all know. *wink wink*
What were your thoughts on “Swarm?” Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
One of the many intriguing aspects of the show is how being part of the "hive" (the fan group for fictional musician Ni'Jah) is tied to protagonist Dre’s (excellently portrayed by Dominique Fishback) personal identity - a phenomenon that is certainly not new.
The hosts found the show entertaining, disturbing, funny, but also thought-provoking. The importance of mental health care was a key topic in our discussion, as characters Dre and Marissa (Chloe Bailey) bonded over shared challenges in their lives. Jay Ray and DJ Sir Daniel emphasized the importance of therapy and addressing mental health challenges through support and care.
Our discussion of extreme fan culture (referred to as "Stan culture") emphasized the harmful effects of taking fandom to an extreme. We also talked about record labels' role in encouraging fanaticism among fans.
Did you know that there’s a Ni’jah EP to accompany the series? There is! You can check it out on Spotify.
And an interesting easter egg … did you know that you can actually dial the tip line shown in episode 6? Check it out.
Other Topics Discussed In The Episode
Listen to Jay Ray discuss his favorite Chaka Khan songs on Adrian’s Playlist of Conversations: https://jay3.net/qpapoc2
Listen to Sol Affirmations With Karega and Felicia: https://qpnt.net/solaffirmations
Read "Cops Sue Afroman for 'Emotional Distress' After He Made Music Videos of Botched Raid:" https://jay3.net/CwJV
Watch “The Story of 'Because I Got High' by Afroman:” https://qpnt.net/CwJf