Lleyton Hewitt in 2004. No one who has ever watched Lleyton play one of his epic matches comes out a hater.
Sport is a dominant thread in Australia’s cultural DNA. But it’s also divisive.
Beppe Grillo speaks in Rome on March 2, 2018..
While often lumped with other European populist parties, Beppe Grillo's M5S is a movement of activist fans mobilized by the messages of his "celebrity brand".
My Little Pony fan, Michael Anderson, a Brony, at the Dragon Con science fiction and fantasy convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in 2014.
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The adult fans of My Little Pony are both a blessing and a curse for marketing the new movie.
New Orleans Saints fans cheer from the stands during a game against the Denver Broncos in 2016.
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A recent study might explain why there's been such divergent, emotional responses to the NFL protests.
A unique set of circumstances allowed HBO to beat Netflix to the punch.
One year on from the launch of Pokémon Go, its mainstream decline has left behind a thriving scene.
Being a footy fan is about more than just supporting a team.
More and more, the culture of elite, professional footy is characterised by commercialisation and corporatisation.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry flexes during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Many decry 'superteams' like the NBA's Golden State Warriors as bad for the sport. But psychology research shows that they also make us more likely to watch – and bask in the joy of seeing them fail.
Fanfiction: all it takes is to imagine a story beyond the canonical work.
Fanfiction is nebulous, confusing and often mocked. It's also explosively popular. So what is it?
Hawthorn is among the AFL clubs with the best years in the competition to premierships won ratio.
Being a footy fan is not mainly about the glory of a premiership – it is much more about enjoying the gravel-shovelling entailed in each and every season your club goes without success.
Benedict Cumberbatch and cast in rehearsal.
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What makes Hamlet the career defining role it is today?
Taking a break from their screens to meet up in real life.
You might think gamers are a closed, antagonistic and predominantly male-centred group. Fortunately, the reverse is often true.
Coming to a lecture theatre near you.
Fifty Shades of Grey and fan fic like it has reached the Ivy League.
Nothing like a bit of cosplay.
The terms of fan culture may seem baffling but once you get the hang of them you'll see it's not all so newfangled.
The process by which women become fans is more complicated and interesting than people previously imagined.
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Men might believe that women don't have what it takes to be serious sports fans but new research into female AFL fans proves them wrong. Some women are footy converts, some have it in the blood – and some were born to it.
Star Trek fans were especially drawn to Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock – who showed many that it “was okay to be a nerd, that even in the future not everyone fit in, or needed to.”
Star Trek fans were especially drawn to Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock – who showed many that it "was okay to be a nerd, that even in the future not everyone fit in, or needed to."
Some criticism of Fifty Shades reveals a disdainful attitude toward fans of the franchise.
Photo by Chuck Zlotnick - © Universal Pictures
With the release of Fifty Shades of Grey in cinemas this week, serious questions have been raised about whether the film depicts abuse – including on The Conversation. Some feminist groups have staged…
First in line Jason Ray (left) and Moon Ray (right) line up outside the Apple Store in New York, ready for the launch of Apple’s iPhone 6.
Just as with all the earlier versions of the iPhone, rumours abound about what Apple will announce this week in relation to iPhone 6 – new screens, different sizes, powerful chips, faster processing and…
Radamel Falcao joins Manchester United on loan in one of deadline day’s big deals.
Transfer deadline day is over for another year. As always, it brought drama galore, with deals thrown together at the last minute, like the “shock” announcement three hours before the deadline that Danny…
Addicts or fanatics?
Why are we so loyal to our national and club football teams? Whatever the results, we tend to support them week in week out, through thick and thin. They can cause us nothing but misery and heartache and…