The Sad & Delusional “Fan Boy”
There are countless people in the world who seem to hate “Steve Jobs”, some who hate “Bill Gates”, and many others who hate some other high-ranking people who are in charge of a software or hardware company such as Apple or Microsoft, Dell or HP etc.
Many of these people are called “Fan Boys” due to the fact that they will do and say anything to protect what they consider to be the best hardware or software out there, and they feel this incessant need to always tell the world how right their way of thinking is, against what some other people may think for themselves.
The one universal thing I have discovered with the people who bitch, moan, complain, deride, and bully others in their “Fan Boy” attitudes, is that they are self-righteous, they will quote how long they have worked in a particular industry, how much they know or how long they have experienced the good or bad in whatever it is they are attacking or defending, but they fail to realise that what some of us see is a person who really has nothing much to do with their time or with their technology other than bitch and complain and wear the “Fan Boy” badge as though it means something or indicates some sort of social importance.
Sensible people will purchase a piece of software or hardware, and they will either like it or maybe have some reservations about it, but its a choice that they have made for themselves. Now, if the person has bought a product such as an iPad, or an iPhone 4 (I’m using Apple since it’s so prominent online) and they love their product, then as far as they are concerned, they are happy to have made the purchase and use their purchase and get satisfaction and fun out of it. Now, if that same person dares to say that they like their product online, or in company, you can guarantee that at least one “Fan Boy” will rear it’s head.
This person will now go on the attack, telling the person just how bad their purchase is, the social injustices done to them employee’s to manufacture this item, how the owners are tyrants, delusional, and should be shot or other bodily mutilations should be performed upon them. They then sneer and try to belittle the person into somehow feeling as though they have committed a crime, the self-righteous attitude usually increases if other people around them nod or murmur, as they then feel they have a growing following of what they consider to be the “Right Beliefs”.
Sadly, the “Fan Boy” lives in a sad little world….. The people around him are usually the types who are not good in an argument, or don’t really understand what all the fuss is about, but they feel threatened in some way and make a decision to stay out of things, though make it sort of clear that they will side with the bully so they can continue to have a nice evening! But, when a “Fan Boy” is faced by someone who is verbally and intellectually stronger than them, they have a self-defence mechanism that automatically activates, and they then start on the personal attacks of the person concerned!
“You drink the Kool-Aid”
“I have worked in the industry for xx number of years, I KNOW about these things…”
“Just shut up, you know nothing…”
Or if things are done online, spelling and Grammatical errors are pointed out to try to make the person go on the defence and thereby change the subject matter away from the initial “Fan Boy” rant!
I have dealt with these types of people through the long years of working in the IT industry, and as the years go by, these type of people never change. Ones that I have known through my teenage years, who are now well into their 40’s are still upset and angry when anyone else dares to buy a technological product that THEY believe should not be purchased. These people all have the same looks, and mannerisms, and usually have very limited “real” friends. I believe that it’s the complete lack of these things that upsets them most, as they do not like to see other people happy with what they purchase or use on a daily basis. They expect others to be as unhappy as they are, they are aloof and so far up their own echo chambers that they cannot see the reality and that is…… They are delusional and just sad individuals.
The consumer dictates what will be a hit or a miss, simple as that. Nobody forces any of us to buy products, and even if any of us feel that an item is over priced and not worth it, that’s out own feelings, and we should be aware that there are other people out there who are willing to spend the money, and be happy in doing so, and I do not see the reason why anyone would become upset at the person for doing so.
I make a living from the Windows PC World, and without it I would have no income! I “LOVE MICROSOFT” with all it’s faults as without these faults nobody would need my services!
I also use an Apple iMac 24″ with Snow Leopard and love the PC and all the software that comes with it, but if I had to rely on it for an income, I’d be out on the streets… the cost of it and the lack of any margin means Apple keeps all the goodness to itself.
Now, should I be upset and angry at Apple and their products? Not at all as they are in the market to make….. MONEY!
Sure I feel their prices are over the top, I feel the iPad is a very expensive product with limit uses for me personally, but I can understand why people will pay for it and all the accessories that they will also need. It’s what THEY WANT and I am sure they will be very happy with their purchase and I hope it brings them a lot of happiness as well! Would I take one if it was given to me for FREE? Of course I would, you would have to be a psychotic “Fan Boy” not to!
So, the next time you are faced with the dreaded “Fan Boy” mentality, have pity on the poor soul as they are sad, delusional people with no real life, and only their inane ranting keeps their blood from solidifying through sitting there or standing there spewing venom out into the world! Go forth and enjoy technology, live for the moment and know that whatever you buy now, will become old and unhip in 6 months time… but at least your 6 months and beyond, will have been fun times!