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Performing Arts History & Criticism

#WWE

Professional Wrestling in the Digital Age

edited by Dru Jeffries

Publisher
Indiana University Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2019
Category
History & Criticism, Wrestling, History & Criticism, Media Studies
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780253044907
    Publish Date
    Dec 2019
    List Price
    $99.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780253044914
    Publish Date
    Dec 2019
    List Price
    $37.00

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The millions of fans who watch World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) programs each year are well aware of their role in building the narrative of the sport. #WWE: Professional Wrestling in the Digital Age explores the intersections between media, technology, and fandom in WWE's contemporary programming and business practices. In the Reality Era of WWE (2011 to the present), wrestling narratives have increasingly drawn on real-life personalities and events that stretch beyond the story-world created and maintained by WWE. At the same time, the internet and fandom have a greater influence on the company than ever before. By examining various sites of struggle and negotiation between WWE executives and in-ring performers, between the product and its fans, and between the company and the rest of the wrestling industry, the contributors to this volume highlight the role of various media platforms in shaping and disseminating WWE narratives. Treating the company and its product not merely as sports entertainment, but also as a brand, an employer, a company, a content producer, and an object of fandom, #WWE conceptualizes the evolution of professional wrestling's most successful company in the digital era.

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Contributor Notes

 

Dru Jeffries teaches in the Cultural Studies department at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is author of Comic Book Film Style: Cinema at 24 Panels Per Second.