When Fandom Becomes Toxic

You’ve probably seen the Tweets or read the articles. They describe the latest victim of over-zealous fans harrassing a celebrity.

It’s unfortunate when this happens. Many people are passionate about many things and sometimes that passion leads to anger and resentment.

Social media, then, becomes an outlet for that anger. People may go from generally sharing their frustration to tagging an individual in their posts.

From there it may escalate to commenting directly on a celebrity’s posts. The posts become more and more spiteful as their attacks are ignored.

Finally, the person being harrasssed can take it no longer and leaves social media. The price of celebrity has finally taken its toll.

Social media gives fans and foes access to the people of our affection and anger like never before. It’s a tool that has enabled people to say and do unspeakable things.

It’s also given celebrities a platform to share vile comments with thousands of people instantly.

We all have a desire to feel wanted. We all want to share how we feel. Unfortunately, the 5-inch screens we use to communicate are impersonal.

Things we type on our smartphone would never be shared in “polite conversation”.

At the same time, our culture has to re-learn how to disagree. It is possible to disagree about something and still be polite. But that doesn’t get a reaction, does it?

Only the most extreme statments garner attention these days. Headlines and status updates have to grab viewers by the throat and drag them in.

The only possible solutions for some people are to either become just as gross and toxic as others or abandon social media completely.

People feel like the social media platforms are responsible for enabling this kind of behavior. While they may share a sliver of responsibility most of it lies with the individuals using it.

The toxicity that pervades social media is affecting the lives of our friends and family. What are we going to do about it?

Quit?

Fight back?

Stick our heads in the sand?

Maybe we could become more purposeful in our use of social media.

Social media is a powerful tool. It is misused by many.

How do you use it?

Chris Woodruff of Life Raft International – 10 the Podcast

Today I’m speaking with Chris Woodruff. Chris is the Executive Director of Life Raft International, a ministry dedicated to feeding, sheltering, and protecting Christian refugees have escaped persecution in Pakistan only to face it anew in Bangkok, Thailand. Continue reading “Chris Woodruff of Life Raft International – 10 the Podcast”

All Star Wars Movies Ranked From Best to Worst

I originally posted this article on May 24th, 2018. This was the day before Solo: A Star Wars Story officially premiered in the United States.

Since then, I’ve had some interesting conversations with people about my list (and theirs). I’m reevaluating my thoughts on all the films. I doubt any of the new films will ever surpass Star Wars or The Empire Strikes Back but after listening to some analysis of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi I may need to reconsider my rankings.

Some re-watches are in order. This list is in flux but here it is. All the Star Wars movies from Best to Worst. Continue reading “All Star Wars Movies Ranked From Best to Worst”

Priorities, Motivation, & Goals – 10 the Podcast

Is “working hard” enough? Is there a little “luck” involved with success? What motivates me and why haven’t I been “successful” yet. How do you define “success”?

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Musical Influence – 10 the Podcast

I recently did a lot of thinking about music that has influenced me the past years.

Three artists immediately came to mind. I thought I share my thoughts about their music, what it means to me, and how I met each of these men through circumstances that could only be orchestrated by God.

  • Rick Lee James – “The Invitation” from Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
  • Ian Zumback – “Hope Beyond Despair” from The Table available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
  • Weston Skaggs – “Out of the Wreckage” from Joy & Sorrow Meet available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.

I’m discovering new artists that have recorded with Old Bear Records. Continue reading “Musical Influence – 10 the Podcast”