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I've been reading about @MarzGurl and this new drama and I have thoughts. Typically, when a group member does something bad or in violation of group norms, the Black Sheep Effect says that the group turns on them. Yet when that member is an exemplar or leader this might (1/14)
not happen. The leaders or exemplars of the group or those perceived to be in part set what is acceptable but also shape aspects of the individual's identity. What may be going on in the case of fans rallying against a scapegoat for their own dissonance and...(2)
With the potential of having to admit that a paragon, an exemplar of their group, or someone so closely tied to ones specific group of interest has been alleged to have done some terrible things is tied to the need to reduce that negative emotion.(3)
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Can't sleep with this rattling around my head (or with heartburn) so welcome to Night Tweets with Jon:

On Humanities Scholarship and Not Being Fandom
For people outside the Humanities, their last contact with our work and process is high school, where the big questions are "What was the author trying to achieve? What do you think the author was thinking here?"
By the time you hit original research, a lot of what we do is asking "How does the text - almost irrespective of what the author says about it - fit into wider contexts, cultural trends and paradigms of which the author may only be aware in hindsight, or deny altogether?"
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