My name is Rachael and I am a senior at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). I am currently working on my Honors thesis, for which I have chosen to research the online Degrassi fan community.
I started watching the show in August 2006 after my roommate signed us up for a ridiculously extensive cable TV package which included The N. I’d heard about Degrassi before from some friends (who are all college aged and older), so when I saw that there was a marathon on I decided to check it out and see what all the fuss was about. This was when The N was showing “every episode ever,” just before Season 6 premiered… needless to say, I didn’t get much done for the next few weekends! The show was completely addictive and I immediately understood why my friends were so hooked.
I had already decided to do my Honors research on some kind of online fan community, but when I discovered Degrassi I knew that it would probably attract a really interesting group of people to study, so I scrapped all of my other ideas I dived right in.
I’ve created a Livejournal to use as a blog and also as a means to connect with other Degrassi fans. I’ve already joined a few Degrassi-related LJ communities, and I’ve been reading a few of the friends pages of a couple of Degrassi RPGs. I’ve also been investigating non-Livejournal Degrassi sites (like the Degrassi Boards and some others).
Although I am just in the early phases of my research now, after I get a better idea of the “online world” of Degrassi, I would like to eventually communicate directly with some fans (you!) to get their (your!) first-hand perspective about what they think about Degrassi and how they interact with other fans. Until then, I will probably just be lurking around here (so I thought it would be nice if I introduced myself first!).
In the meantime, it would be great if you would like to friend me going_there if you’re interested in reading my thoughts on my research and possibly commenting on my posts. I know I will probably have some Degrassi-related questions as I go about this project, and I figure that you all would be the best people to ask!
For now, if you happen to know of any great Degrassi websites, messageboards, or other communities, I would totally appreciate you leaving me a comment here or at my journal with those links.