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while browsing the interwebz on slightly more intellectual pursuits I came across this interesteting open letter.
It's basically about expanding the definition of addiction away from merely illegal drugs and to include some of the addictive substances present in our own brain ( think dopamine and such ).
Some of you may be worried by now that this is going to be about internet and specifically MMO addiction, don't worry it's not.
It's more specifically about forum behaviour and so-called fanboys and haters in particular. Now the scope of the actual letter is much, much broader and I'd recommend you to read it. It's an interesting read if you have an interest in psychology, politics and society.
But, since we're on internet forums here, I'd like to quote one passage in particular that might explain why fanboys and haters happen and why, if we're honest with ourselves, we occasionaly have our fanboy/hater moments.
The passage is as follows:
"I want to zoom down to a particular emotional and psychological pathology. The phenomenon known as self-righteous indignation.
We all know self-righteous people. (And, if we are honest, many of us will admit having wallowed in this state ourselves, either occasionally or in frequent rhythm.) It is a familiar and rather normal human condition, supported -- even promulgated -- by messages in mass media.
While there are many drawbacks, self-righteousness can also be heady, seductive, and even... well... addictive. Any truly honest person will admit that the state feels good. The pleasure of knowing, with subjective certainty, that you are right and your opponents are deeply, despicably wrong.
Sanctimony, or a sense of righteous outrage, can feel so intense and delicious that many people actively seek to return to it, again and again. Moreover, as Westin et.al. have found, this trait crosses all boundaries of ideology."
What it basically boils down to is that the feeling of being right while arguing against someone you believe to be wrong is addictive. And that, being addictive, people will actively seek out this feeling with more and more desperation if they're exposed to it too much.
As such fanboys and haters in particular but the rest of us on occasion will actively search the forums to find opinions of others that we disagree with so strongly to keep arguing the point home that we're right and they're wrong. All to get this feeling of righteous indignation we've come to enjoy. And the more we get of it, the more we want.
So what do you guys think?
Are haters/fanboys addicted to this feeling of self-righteousness? Do you, occasionally, experience this feeling and get carried away by it?
We are the bunny.
Resistance is futile.
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