Fanaticism is “a belief or behavior involving uncritical zeal, particularly for an extreme religious or political cause or in some cases sports, or with an obsessive enthusiasm for a pastime or hobby” – Wikipedia
As we all know, or at least should know, often, too much of anything has a great potential to bring about negative outcomes. Think about the riots in Armenia and Azerbaijan, the bloodshed in Yugoslavia, the political convulsions in India, the depredations against the Kurds in Iraq—all of these, and more, are mere illustrations of different forms and reflections of fanaticism.
With that in mind, I can’t help but wonder about the many ways social media actually helps fanatics spread their fanaticism, share their excess convictions and about the influence of that on communities and interactions!
This whole idea crystallized in my head as soon as I laid my eyes on a post recently published by New Mac Online, entitled: Apple Fanaticism. And although I must be very honest and admit that I am head over heals with my Mac, and that I have a deep hatred for PCs since most of the ones I owned broke down within a few months, this is just borderline scary!
I strongly believe that the “love” people have for any given brand, popular figure, place, product or service needs to be maintained at certain levels of sanity! But with blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools and channels, there are no limits and fanatics have way more freedom that they should!
I remember once writing a post about how I saw social media to be a means to ending racism and promoting world peace, and though many people opposed my “utopian” idea, I still believed, just as Jim Crabb did, that “it is exciting to see so many young people who have just rejected, ignored, or just somehow escaped the ignorance perpetuated by their different cultures“. However, now, I am doubtful again!
Moreover, and with a fanatics’ Facebook Fan Page called; I Hate Hot Guys with Ugly Girlfriends, and 79,000 fans on it, the idea of a better world for our kids and grand kids, slowly slips away from me, leaving me fearful of what social media could bring about next!
If you’re not yet aware of the dangers of fanaticism, I leave you with Hitler’s familiar sounds of fanaticism…
Finally, it is said that a fanatic deforms and pollutes reality… and with the increasing number of openly fanatic people, we should seriously consider the following: Is this the kind of reality we are willing to live? What steps can we take to limit the effect of negative fanaticism over social media?
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