Our View: Being part of fandom
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 10:10
We could probably make longer lists of things we are fans of than fanatics.
Fans are known to be dedicated devotees, whereas a fanatic is defined as someone who has an unreasonable enthusiasm.
Recently a lot of fans were incredibly sad as their favorite show “Breaking Bad” aired its last episode on Sept. 29.
These fans probably read a few of the blogs surrounding the show, including interviews with the actresses and actors, and maybe even rewatched the last episode as a final goodbye to a show they had grown so fond of watching. These behaviors we may associate as fairly normal and harmless.
Some fanatics of the show most likely were found creeping around the house of their favorite actors and actresses, have probably already rewatched the entire set of seasons, and potentially were some of the people who bid on the replica mask of Walter White that sold for $41,400 on eBay last week.
These behaviors are slightly out of the norm, but they do elicit an image of passion for something that is bizarrely tempting.
Walking around A-State during homecoming week, there are undoubtedly some fans and fanatics to be found.
Although the celebration is sometimes mistakenly viewed as just a football celebration, homecoming is designed as a time to bring back alumni of our university.
Returning alumni, students, faculty, staff and the public all come together for an exciting celebration of what it means to be a part of the ASU community.
It is exciting to see the school spirit students and fans have in response to homecoming.
Thankfully you don’t have to purchase a $40k mask to be part of the craze. The ‘Naked Guys’ purchase a couple dollars worth of paint, the band suits up and everyone in the student section adorns themselves in red and black from head to toe.
Weeks like this should make everyone feel great about being a fan and maybe even a fanatic. It should challenge us to find school spirit if we don’t feel like we have much, and to get more if we think we already do. Homecoming week should be a time where fanatics are the norm.
Let’s transcend being dedicated to our school and our teams and break into unreasonable enthusiasm.
We encourage you to take advantage of the festivities this week, enjoy free food at the tailgate, vote for homecoming king and queen, experience the Red Wolves demonstrate the prowess of our competitive spirit, and appreciate all the community support of our school.
Someday we can come back for our homecoming and enjoy the fans and fanatics comradery, just like we did when we were students.
“Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of ASU.