I think being a fan is bad.
I'm talking about fandom that turns into fanaticism, the fandom that leads one to believe that thing can do no wrong whatsoever.
I'm a "fan" of a lot of things. Let's take the Fast and Furious series for example: I love those movies and will be first in line to see the new one. That said, I recognize that they aren't great movies, and I can admit the series faults.
I'm talking about the type of fan in comments sections, on Twitter, and those who choose to die on any and every hill.
When the Nintendo Switch came out, I was reading reviews on the thing. Most reviews were positive, with a couple negative comments aimed at the company and their recent stumbles. If you were to scroll down to the comments, you would see pure vitriol and hatred from people who saw it as a personal affront to their beliefs if you say anything negative toward Nintendo.
Twitter is even worse, because of the outrage that takes place every second of the day on that platform. No matter what the subject, you'll see outrage and those who are defending against the outrage. My question is, number one, who has time to patrol the internet waiting to pounce on other people's online opinions? Number two, why is Nintendo's success so important to someone that they would call the author of a review the "C-word" or something like that?
I think the easiest example of fandom gone wild is anything politics related. I have often said that big Obama fans and big Trump fans are basically the same: they blindly follow and defend, treating whichever president as if they are some sort of deity. That's the problem with fandom: it invites blindness to reality. You drink the kool-aid, and will do anything for the cause, no matter if it makes logical sense or not.
To me, that seems like a miserable life. You give up your autonomy to live for an inanimate object, film franchise, or imperfect human leader. The grossness on the internet is made up of this phenomenon, because when you're plugged in, you are escaping reality. If you live there all the time, then reality becomes irrelevant.
Anyway, I believe I can like Fast and Furious a lot, but as long as your enjoyment of that franchise stays grounded to the fact that it's just a "so bad it's good" movie series, and not a cause to die for or attack others for. You can like or dislike a president, but it shouldn't be a reason to cut people out of your life or start name-calling on the internet, because it really shouldn't be that important.