Fandom and Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?”

On Episode 15 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by fandom scholars Helena Dare-Edwards and Dr. Mark Duffett to discuss pop fandom, fan screaming, and the power of fan armies. The group then turns their attention to Justin Bieber’s come-back single, “What Do You Mean?”

For further reading:
Mark Duffett, Understanding Fandom: An Introduction to the Study of Media Fan Culture, Bloomsbury Academic.

Lisa A. Lewis, The Adoring Audience: Fan Culture and Popular Media, Routledge.

People in this episode:

Helena Dare-Edwards

Helena Dare-Louise is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of East Anglia researching tween TV, girl culture, & online fandom.

Dr. Mark Duffett

Dr. Mark Duffett is a Reader in the Department of Media for the University of Chester.

Scott Interrante

Scott Interrante holds a Master’s degree in Musicology from CUNY Hunter College focusing on contemporary pop music and masculinity. He hosts Pop Unmuted and K-Pop Unmuted

Kurt Trowbridge

Kurt Trowbridge is a web developer and freelance contributor to He is the founder of and the host of the Crowncast.

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