On this page I will share with you links I find to be interesting or useful. Hopefully you will find them to be interesting and useful too!
I mentioned this fan group in my blog post about my own popular culture influences. This is an example of just what can be achieved by a group of people with similar interests. AXF has raised money for charities including SA-YES and Alinyiikira Junior School.
‘Vlogbrothers’, John and Hank Green, have some real pop-culture cred. John is the author of several extremely popular young-adult novels, including The Fault in Our Stars, which is currently being made into a feature film. His brother Hank is a musician and an online video advocate who is responsible for a huge variety of online video content, including my favourite, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Together, John and Hank have used their YouTube popularity to do a lot of good in the world, including creating the Nerdfighters community, and the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck. This organisation raises money for a variety of charities, selected by the YouTube community via Project for Awesome.
It’s been announced that our future lessons will be held on Google+ hangouts. I’m lucky in that I’m pretty familiar with this format. I regularly meet up for book discussions with other members of my Goodreads bookclubs. While it can have its quirks, Google+ is a great forum for this, and it allows me to chat with friends from around the country.
Goodreads is a fantastic site for readers like me. You can search for books, keep a virtual bookshelf of your own books, set reading goals and interact with other readers on message boards. However, enter at your own risk! You might just find your ‘to read’ list growing out of control.
The Harry Potter Alliance is an example of how popular culture can have a real impact on the world. It is a not-for-profit organisation, with the goal of “to destroy real-life horcruxes like inequality, illiteracy and human rights violations.
Sword and Laser is a bookclub I belong to. It has a Goodreads forum with over 17 000 members from all over the world. Additionally, there is a regular podcast where the hosts, Veronica and Tom, talk about this month’s book choice as well as Science Fiction and Fantasy news. A small group of Aussie members of S&L also meet once per month on a Google Hangout to discuss the books. I love that this bookclub gives members so many different ways to interact and communicate with one another.
Popular culture or geek culture? I think Supanova definitely leans toward the geeky side of things, featuring guests from franchises such as Buffy, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. Either way, it is a whole lot of fun! One of the best things about this expo is seeing all the elaborate costumes people wear. If you’re interested in comics, television or movies, I would highly recommend a visit!