Justin Beiber fandom & cyberbullying research.
Little research has been conducted within fan communities, where today’s teenagers tend to organize and interact more frequently, to determine the the extent of cyber-bullying and aggressive on-line behaviors. These spaces are taken for granted and often over looked as less important because by their very nature are intended to be “fun”. By observing interactions in the spaces where adolescent community members organize and interact, we can gain a deeper understanding of how on-line fan interactions evolve as well as how and when cyber-bullying is more likely to occur. My most recent research considers social media interactions on YouTube.