Both of my favorite groups are doing well on their musical endeavors and now that Arashi's debut CD is a decade old, I realized that all of my frustrations and disappointments comes from the fans in itself. Admittedly, I'm a semi-elitist fan myself, and sometimes I shun new fans because some tick me off on the wrong places. But then, it came to my senses that shunning them wouldn't be solving anything. I've seen immature fans for every fandom and it makes me think that sometimes, the fandom in itself is somehow at fault of creating this kind of fans. Personally, I believe that having a decent fanclub is a collective responsibility of both old and new fans - old fans should sometimes give a 'gentle' intervention to these fans by pointing out some of their mistakes, because if we just shun and just vent it out, it doesn't help the person to grow better as a fan adn thus, creates a never-ending cycle of mistakes can create undesirable effects on the long run. As for the new fans, try to become more sensitive with the actions. Not everything will be spoon-fed to you by the other fans. Sure, some will help you, but it will also be advantageous if you try to find things out by yourself.
Another thing I've seen is that time is not the greatest factor to determine a fan's maturity and loyalty. Sure, it makes sense to us that experience is the best teacher and such, but I've seen old fans not growing to mature and loyal fans and vice versa. It's saddening that some old fans are avoiding new fans because they think they're all immature and not deserving and all that. Yes, some are like that, but just think: all of us came to a newbie phase in all of our fandoms, and if the older fans had this kind of thinking and avoided us from the beginning, are we going to be on the same position that we have now? :)
My goodness, I really can't write a short post. D:( Best of the Best of Both FandomsCollapse )
credits to all who those uploaded the videos above and shakizi.com for this image. XDDD
Advanced happy birthday to littlepianogirl
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