I spend a lot of time thinking about and paying attention to any and all things about and related to “fans” and “fandom”. I know. Shocking. You would have never guessed. I mean…it isn’t like I have spent a lot of time studying fandom or talking about fandom, right? Ha. This intense watching and observing, sometimes, leads me to see or hear something that captures something fundamental about being a fan, about being part of a fan community, and about the nature of fandom. This week, I happened to see two separate little posts going around on Facebook that did just that. These posts made me smile each and every time I saw them.
The first one I saw was this one:
Now, obviously, this picture wasn’t about being a fan of a band or about being a Duranie, but the idea still fits. They could have easily added a band to the list. We have talked, at times, here about how fandom is, generally, not super accepted or embraced by society unless it is about sports fandom. To me, this picture captures that sentiment well. If want to read what we have said about that issue, I refer you to this post here. My point isn’t to start a debate. It is more about how music fans, all fans should feel proud to be fans, no matter what they are fans of!
The second picture fits this idea well.
I am a fan. I am a Duran Duran fan. I am a Duranie. I don’t care who knows it. Frankly, most people who know me know this. Some people may think I’m silly for liking a band so much. Some people may think of me as immature for writing this blog, or wearing Duran Duran t-shirts or having Duran posters up in my house. I don’t care. I have been a fan for 30 years. 3 decades. I have lived through ups and downs of being a Duranie and of being a fan. If after all that, I haven’t walked away, I doubt that I ever will. It is just a part, a big part of who I am. This reminds me a speech I heard Wil Wheaton give, which I included below. It is well worth the viewing.
Today, I feel like embracing myself as a fan and embracing fandom. In other words, I’m toasting to “my home truth”. Here’s to fans everywhere, no matter what they are fans of. Cheers!