Archive for October 5th, 2018

How To Understand Fandom?

As a foreigner, I may be mistaken… but I do think this article on Politico is worth reading if you want to understand at least part of the attraction of Tr*mp to his supporters: “I Found Trump’s Biggest Fan“.

I do understand that fandom is something emotional. Having a rather rational mind makes it very hard for me to be a fan of anyone or anything. Merriam-Webster writes: “Fan is generally–and very likely correctly–believed to be a shortened form of fanatic”, pointing to the “intense uncritical devotion” included in that concept.

Books like Ben Bradlee Jr.’s “The Forgotten: How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America” (on Amazon) can probably explain some of the reasons, or should I say: emotions, that come into play in this particular situation. And perhaps they can also provide some ammunition to fight it?

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