Culture: All across the social sciences we run across common themes and questions, not about society, but about culture: How do cultures evolve? What makes a culture? How do cultures interact with each other? What affects a culture, and how does that in turn affect the world?
The basic definition of culture, according to the Kendall, is “a society of people who share similar beliefs, customs, and ideas which are often influenced by dominant social ideologies.” Culture, society, and heritage are often used interchangeably, since they are imparted to and imprinted on us as children by our parents or dominant adult figures and caretakers. Culture, however, is a learned behavior; not just the beliefs, customs, and values that we learn from our parents and society as a whole, but simple basic behaviors such as drinking, eating, dressing, walking. They may be shaped by facets of culture such as religion or gender, but they are all learned behaviors (Iriye).
Fan culture encompasses the experiences, emotions, history, and social status that is associated with commercial media. Commercial media, in this context, specifically refers to popular television shows, movies and books that have developed a devoted following of fans.
Kendall, D. Sociology in our Times. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage
Iriye, Akira. Culture. The Journal of American History, Vol. 77, No. 1 (Jun., 1990), pp. 99-107. Oxford University Press. Ebook. 13 May 2016