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Devotion and Fanaticism - A response to Squiggly
Posted on Tuesday, May 5 2009 @ 17:06:20 Eastern

Squiggly's post ("Calling the Kettle Black") inspired this post.

     So, the fanboy.  I find it interesting that this sort of behavior is indulged in at all.  I could easily come up with a 'how everyone else is a stupid jerk but me' list of fanboy behavior.  It would be highly indecent, of course, and also fraudulent; I am no better than anyone else with respect to that and I acknowledge that. I will not do this, any examples will be my own foolishness, not of others.
Before I may formally begin, I wish to point out my agreements with, and objections to, Squiggly's post.

1) "Like it or not, you're a fanboy for something." --Squiggly

     I disagree with this for an essentially epistemological reason.  It makes an a priori assumption about something which is only really known empirically.  While I am willing to point to those who claim to have no ideology yet maintain vociferous presence in political debate as being pretentious frauds, this cuts somewhere deeper and broader into human nature and experience and I am not willing to make such an assumption.

2) "I branch out to other systems now, yeah, but I still love Nintendo, and in fact know more about the company and its history than any healthy person should."

     I would add a possible additional symptom of fanboy behavior; the tendency to refer to one's subjective judgments in pseudo-objective terms.  For example; instead of saying "Total Annihilation is my favorite RTS game, and I like it better than Starcraft" I would say "Total Annihilation is the best RTS game ever, certainly better than Starcraft" and of course therein lay the problem.  By losing the proper context, insane claims start getting made.  When it comes to subjective value judgments, this kind of behavior is easy to fall into.

More later, perhaps.
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