I recently wrote about international/Internet K-pop fan culture, so the topic of fandom is still on my mind. Here are two recent stories on Korean fan and anti-fan culture:
The Stalking of Daniel Lee (Wired) breaks down the TaJinYo incident that made rapper Tablo of Epik High a recluse for a year, though it concentrates more on clearing Tablo’s name for once and for all than with the psychology behind anti-fan sites (TaJinYo may be all traceable back to a single person’s discontent, but how did it snowball the way that it did?). It will also make you really want to listen to Tablo’s solo album Fever’s End.
'Sasaeng' fans: Who and why (Angry K-Pop Fan) unpacks the phenomenon of the sasaeng or stalker fan, and was written in response to recent controversy after a member of JYJ was accused of physically assaulting a woman who may or may not have been a sasaeng. See also Anna of Feminoonas’ response to the JYJ incident shortly after it was revealed.
(I’m working on a big piece of writing right now so I’ve been doing more ingesting than producing, hence the heaps of links and blockquotes I’ve been posting here lately.)