With the release of the brand new iPhone 4 last week and the upcoming mega movie blockbuster opening of Twilight, people are in hysteria over the possibilities of being the first. Long lines and rabid fanboys and fangirls will do just about anything to take part in these huge events.
I wonder why people turn crazy around these events?
I was one of the crazies that stood in line for the iPhone 4 (but notice I am not one of the crazies that will ever see twilight). Which means that I am not free of guilt yet apart of the problem. But as I watch people become obsessed with the latest apple products or the latest twilight movie, or insert whatever other obsession you can find out there I wonder why it is that we can become such obsessive people?
I think I might have an idea, at least from personal thoughts and experience. I think one of the first reasons we become obsessed is everyone else is obsessed. Want to be an apple fan boy? You better know all the rumors, read all the blogs, and have the latest technology. If you are still rocking an iPhone 2G you are obviously not a fanboy :) Want to be considered a twilight fan girl? You better be at the opening night, better have the t shirt and you better have read all the books. It is what we do. Its almost like we cannot get enough of something nor can we not get enough of being the best or most obsessed.
Secondly, I think it comes down to the fact that we have nothing else to do. Maybe your just bored or your story is not exciting (I know that is how I feel) but you need something that gets you going. So waiting in line four hours for a phone is something to talk about. I think it might come down to the fact that a character that is in search of a plot is fine with letting their plot be dictated by others.
I think we have to many fanboys/girls and not enough story tellers.