'Love you guys (no homo)':How gamers and fans play with sexuality, gender, and Minecraft on YouTube

Potts, Amanda (2015) 'Love you guys (no homo)':How gamers and fans play with sexuality, gender, and Minecraft on YouTube. Critical Discourse Studies, 12 (2). pp. 163-186. ISSN 1740-5904

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Abstract

This paper explores queer discourses produced by a group of very popular professional video game players on social media, with particular focus on the impact that this has on the language and interactions of the fan community. Three data sets have been incorporated into this study, allowing for analysis of the central data, as well as consideration of the production and investigation of the reception of the discourse contained within. These include 63 YouTube videos, a corpus of 217,916 comments on these videos, and an interview with a gamer. While the majority of the discursive data in the YouTube videos features interactions between heterosexual males, the introduction of homosocial meaning and homosexual innuendo into videos gives the (largely adolescent, male) audience a unique opportunity to encounter, interpret, and experiment with queer discourse. It is found that the production of nonheteronormative discourses by prominent gamers online has contributed to the formation of a self-policing fan community that advocates acceptance and rejects bigotry.

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Journal Article
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Critical Discourse Studies
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11 Nov 2014 16:01
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