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PostSubject: Are obsessive fans ruining the internet?    Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:22 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Are obsessive fans ruining the internet?    Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:45 pm

The realization of the Internet is probably the biggest global cultural phenomenon since the creation of the radio. The lives of almost everybody in the world has been changed because of its impact. Yet, when you think about it, what the Internet does more than anything else is amplify. It amplifies the amazing amount of information out there, and the speed with which we can get it. It also amplifies the speed and volume of social contact (such as the LC, where people from all over the globe can read/critique each other's writing, exchange book ideas, and just chat about daily life instantaneously), which of course can be both good and bad. Your example is an excellent example of the bad.

The Internet did not create hateful, stalkerish (is that a word?) people, of course. It has, unfortunately and inevitably, made their presence more ubiquitous and instantaneous. As much as we may try to protect ourselves here, the Internet is an open place. There really is no stopping anyone from coming on and spewing venom if that is what they wish to do. All we can do is avoid them as much as we can, and block them if they target us personally.

But I try to be an optimist. There is plenty of good to be found on the Internet as well. I have met some very fine people here. You all know who you are. Wink

The Internet is here to stay. All we can do is hold on to our own personal integrity and dignity and carry on.

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PostSubject: Re: Are obsessive fans ruining the internet?    Sat Aug 21, 2010 3:14 pm

I think it's not fandoms that are 'bad' in themselves, it's just that some fans take their fandom to the extreme. The Internet has always been a place for the odd types to come crawling out of the woodwork and post their rather bizarre thoughts and views online, but the fandoms as a whole shouldn't be blamed. They may, however, be criticized for liking something that appears to others to have little merit. *coughteenpopphenomenacough*
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