“How the interactive experience created the entitled fan” by Domi Sinclair

Domi listened to Unanswered Show 11, “Being A Fan”, and because it’s a subject area she’s very interested in she found it frustrating when the episode finished when there was still more to discuss.

(This is one of the most lovely things to hear, when you’re doing a show like this. The best podcasts are the ones that I find myself trying to get involved with the conversation as I listen, sometimes months after the presenters have moved on!)

Domi got so frustrated that she felt moved to write a blog post about it. In it, she manages to cover some pretty smart ground that hadn’t occurred to us during the show, and once you’ve listened to the episode, you should definitely read what she has to say.

As people/ fans get more and more used to companies asking for, and listening to, their opinions there is naturally going to come a time when they utilise effect platforms to give their opinion, even when unprompted or unwanted. They will then keep giving their opinion, louder and louder until they get the reaction they have become a custom to.

Oh, and in true Unanswered fashion, Domi manages to fit in some anecdotal over-sharing too!

Unanswered 11: Being a Fan

Header image for Unanswered Show 11 "Being A Fan" featuring an enhanced image of "Tron Guy"  Jay Maynard

When a like turns into a devotion and becomes a part of your emotional well-being, it’s possible you have become a fan.

You enjoy, support and loyally follow an individual or group making something entertaining, or succeeding or failing in a sport. And that’s OK because you’re allowed to enjoy the fruits of another’s hard work. The person who worked hard to make it wants you to enjoy it. It’s a simple relationship.

However, how much devotion is unhealthy and where can the relationship break down? Can one’s investment grow to create hopes that can never be met? Does our fanaticism threaten to spoil our fancy?

Nick and Steev use a few of their own examples to consider the faults in being a fan.

Steev yet again struggles with his sinuses. Apologies.

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