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    Örn, Alexandra
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education.
    Svanberg, Hanna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education.
    Game of Thrones som identitet: En studie om hur en tv-serie blir till ens identitet i en Facebookgrupp2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study has analysed how the fans in the closed Facebook group “Game of Thronesdiscussions” has created an identity after watching the show Game of Thrones. To examinethis, 48 comments, posts and memes have been selected and analyzed with a qualitativecontent analysis method. The comments, posts and memes that was selected are allindependent and are not supposed to be read as a thread or a conversation. Then they weredivided into three macro themes and eight micro themes. This study have four issues, Howare the fans creating an identity from the discussions in the group “Game of Thronesdiscussions”, How is the communication between the members from the group viewed, Whatknowledge and which feelings are used for their identity creation in the group and In whatway do the members show that the Game of Thrones series is transferred to their physicallives. The study has been using theories about convergence, participant culture, identity andidentity creation online.The results shows that the fans from the group “Game of Thrones discussions” are creating anidentity from the series by making posts, comments and publishing memes. There is focus onthe communication thru a specific type of language, humor and conflicts that the members areusing, and they also have a require to show their emotions for the characters from the series.To be a part of the identity, knowledge in terms of literacy and the books are claimed. Thefans also show how they are living their “Game of Thrones” life outside the group, it appearsthru their posts about how they are affected emotionally in reality and how their practicalreality are viewed. The members from the group have a need to feel that they are genuine fansof the series Game of Thrones, and by being a part of the collective identity that is created inthe Facebook group they get the conformation that is sought.

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