Fan Base Identification Through Simulation Theory

Daniel Lurie, Dr. Samuel Boerboom, Department of Communications, Montana State University Billings, 1500 University Dr Billings Montana 59101

My study utilizes Jean Baudrillard’s Simulation Theory to analyze the fan-oriented discourses produced by music duo Twenty One Pilots. In the study, I look at three research questions: first, how does Twenty One Pilots uniquely contribute to Baudrillard’s notion of hyperreality in 2020?; second, how does the music duo create identification platforms for their fan bases through the usage of fictional worlds and alter-egos?; third, how does their rhetoric of alienation/surreality and the usage of alter ego/personality-based signs contribute to shaping a simulation? In my study I critique how Twenty One Pilots offer uniquely simulated hyperreal fan experiences through their music videos and fan-directed spaces. In addition to analyzing original band texts (music videos, online fan spaces), I also conduct a descriptive analysis of popular press articles that discuss Twenty One Pilots original approach to fan interaction and engagement. This study is unique in the way that it extends how Jean Baudrillard would have viewed and analyzed the hyperreal simulated fan spaces. My research indicates that Twenty One Pilots creates a noteworthy connection to their fan base by creating a simulation for fanbases to identify with through Baudrillard’s notions of hyperreality, pointed discourses, and symbolism.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Daniel Lurie

Institution: Montana State University Billings

Type: Poster

Subject: Communications

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 4
Date/Time: Tue 11:00am-12:00pm
Session Number: 3653