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July 12th, 2012, 14:29
No, I go even much further and tend to believe nowadays that excessive Fandom can become fanatical as well. Just look at european football/soccer fan groups, the "Ultras".

I read an interview with a scientist specilizing in social sciences on these fan groups (especially on the "Ultras", and I found strikung similarities o excessive Fandom in video gaming. Like in "fans know better what' good for their soccer team/video game than the developers/players themselves".

These are equivalent to the group called "vocal minority", and this group almost exclusively consists of too loud fans.

And Taliban imho are so to say "fans" of their holy book.
They are, from a certain point of view, a "vocal minority" as well.

So, in my opinion, *any* excessive clinging to something *automatically* leads to fanatism. No matter which topic, object, or whatever.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
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