In preparation for our discussion of fan vidding on Friday, and to continue our discussion of slash as a form of textual poaching today, below find an edited/condensed version “Amok Time,” an episode of Star Trek.  Note the reference to slash in the description.  You can find a plot synopsis of the episode here.  Watch this with your “slash goggles” on, consider how fans might poach elements of the text to support a reading of Kirk and Spock as romantically involved.

Francesca Coppa opens her history of fan vidding with a discussion of “Closer,” a Kirk/Spock slash video that went viral.  Please watch this video before coming to class on Friday, and be ready to discuss it both in terms of how it “poaches” elements from the episode of Star Trek above, and how it embodies common vid aesthetics.

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