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!