As promised yesterday on Twitter, I’m revisiting the subject of our fan community today in the blog. Ok, so the reality is that there’s no breaking Duran news for me to report….I admit it. 😉 In all seriousness though, is it just me or does anyone else out there in Duranland (Duranverse? Durankingdom??) notice how cutthroat the community can be at times?
I have no frame of reference for other fan communities, as I only have enough time and energy for one truly favorite band! I just know that after so many years of being a Duran Duran fan and being involved in the community – it’s very hard to ignore the constant game playing that seems to take precedence over friendship whenever the band is involved. That said, why is it so important to make sure that you have the “most”? For instance, the most pictures with the band, the most drumsticks from Roger, the most meet and greets, or the most and best information with regard to where the band is staying or hanging out after a show. Are those things really that important, and do they really make someone more or less of a fan if they do or do not have them? I’m not sure I can really answer that question within the framework of our blog…so let me bring up a few thoughts to ponder:
Why is it that men don’t seem to have a problem “sharing” the band? What I mean by that is specifically – when I’m on a board, or at a show and I want to know something, whether it’s where everyone is staying before a show, where I can find a picture/unreleased song/album, etc, where everyone is going after a show, etc – if I ask just about any Duran fan that is male – they have absolutely no issue telling me.
What do we really get out of playing “the game”? Honestly. Think about that. Yeah, I suppose you could say that you’ve got a boatload of drumsticks at home, or an entire album filled with pictures of yourself with all members of the band….but really, does that REALLY get you anything else in life? Call me crazy, but if you’re willing to throw other fans, possibly other friends under the bus in order to get closer to the band…what are you really getting out of it?
Lastly for today, when does it end? Meaning – at what point do you think the band will become less of a trophy to win and more like something special that connects all of us? The band is something to be celebrated, not something that should require strategic networking, secrecy and deception. I’m not saying that we should all go to our nearest Duran Duran board and broadcast that the band is staying at such and such hotel – that’s just stupid – but on the same token, the next time someone comes up to you after a show and says “Hey, where are you guys hanging out after the show?” Maybe, just maybe….you’ll feel comfortable telling a fellow fan. After all, at this point in our lives, we should be celebrating the fact that the band still tours and plays a great show.
Tomorrow (barring any exciting news from the band…): A set of FAQ’s for any “new” fan to a message board!