McGruder! News It’s not often G&T tries to help anyone. We’re usually too busy, erm, being snide. But McGruder, occasional poster here, has asked us to do some good for a change. Over to you, McGruder: Hello there. I’m a undergraduate Media student writing a research paper on the internet and fanculture. I’m specifically looking at Red Dwarf fans (because I’m a fan myself. In case anyone hadn’t already noticed) and how they interpret the programme. Firstly, to have an idea of the fans in general, please give your… age group (13, 14-19, 20-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56+) gender country Secondly, if you have the time, I’d also love to hear your general views on the following issues.The questions are to give some idea of what I’m interested to know, you don’t have to answer each one. Your answers may be as brief or detailed as you like, just answer as honestly as possible! APPEAL: How and when did you first discover Red Dwarf and what, in your opinion, do you think is the one main aspect that led to you becoming a fan? Characters, storylines, special effects? ‘REAL LIFE’: What bearing does RD have on your everyday life? Do you ever quote the show out of context? Can you relate to the characters? COMMUNITY: Have you made friends purely through an interest in RD? Have you met online fans in real life? What is your favourite place to chat about the show, and which do you consider to be more superior, fansites or the official site? CREATIVITY: What are your views on fanfiction? Are you an author/reader ? Which do you prefer, slash or het and why? Do you run a RD fansite? Have you ever produced fan art, music videos, or anything else inspired by RD? FAN CULTURE: To what extent do you think you are a fan? How far does your ‘collection’ go? Do you hunt down rare merchandise? How do you think you are percieved as an RD fan, and how do you feel about this ‘image’? What do you think of other sci-fi fandoms, such as Star Trek’s ‘Trekkies’? Ta muchly for your time. Ciao for now. *sicking smirk* Either post your answers here, or contact us and we’ll pass them on. Please help out; I’ll be posting my answers later on. And good luck with the paper, McGruder. I bet you wear a peephole bra whilst studying, don’t you? Not because of the name; it’s just what most students do. Right. Bed.