This episode is part of my ongoing research for my upcoming book on Gabriel Byrne, Irish Cinema, and Cultural Hybridity: it features a roundtable discussion with website owners and frequent commentators who maintain online traffic and interest in their object of admiration, the actor, political activist, and former Cultural Ambassador to Ireland Gabriel Byrne. Roundtable participants are the following: Stella, (MA, Library/Information Science), whose publications include articles on information technology, institutional repositories and discovery tools, and a forthcoming ethnographic study of faculty research practices (Fall 2012)--she is website owner and host of the fansite Byrneholics.com; Scarlett, an event planner who is currently working on a novel under a publishing contract; Linda, an accounts payable manager and website development specialist who teaches computer skills for adult education; and Aragarna, (Ph.D), who works in academia and co-director of The Frenchies fans of George Clooney, and Byrneholics. Linda and Scarlett run In Treatment Fans, a website for the tv show In Treatment: www.intreatmentfans.blogspot.com (a site that's come to include post-show Gabriel Byrne activities since cancellation in March 2011). Topics to be covered: role of technology and viral impact on icon-making in popular culture, their contribution to continued popular interest in certain celebrities and other figures of Irish pop culture, as well as discussing erotic agency, gender assumptions/performative, objectification of male bodies, and fandom.
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