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Branding Jericho Fans

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Brand yourself before someone else does.
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Being called “Rabid”fans of Jericho is not much of a compliment. Despite the changing meaning of the word, Rabid still conjures negative imagery for many folks. By accepting and perpetuating this moniker we give more power to the people who would like to brand us as crazy.
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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

While I agree that "rabid" is not the kindest description of the Jericho fanbase, I'm torn between objecting and letting it slide on the grounds that any publicity is good publicity.

Thanks for raising this valid point; I hope it'll spark an interesting discussion. I'd like to hear what others think.

JSam

terocious said...

Hey JSam,
I do no think we need to protest and stand up for our honor whenever anyone calls us rabid. I agree, if folks are talking about Jericho it is a good thing. I do however think that rabid is not a term we should use to describe ourselves. I have seen this term adopted by fans and I believe it does little to truly convey the depth and breadth of our movement.

-b

Anonymous said...

I agree that we should not use the term or encourage the use of it to describe Jericho fans. I think "nutty" is the best colloquialism, because of the play on words. We can refuse to adopt the "rabid" description, but it may be more important that we behave in a way that comes across as enthusiastic but not crazy.

JSam

Ichthus said...

I will admit that I cringe anytime I read someone has called us "rabid". We are most certainly passionate but we are not rabid. I agree we should not use this word to describe ourselves. While we do not need to protest the use of "rabid" we should take the opportunity to politely define ourselves for what we truly are when we see that word being used.

terocious said...

Hi Ichthus,

Indeed a large part of what makes the Jericho story so great is that the fans have conducted themselves with grace under a considerable degree of fire.

Grace and Rabid are two totally different things and anyone willing to pay attention would hopefully see that.

I think this is part of what bothers me about seeing us described as rabid so often. The term is such a blanket description conjuring imagery of an insane spell of fanticism. A mass hysteria the authors automatically assume we must be under because they have have brought their own prejudices to the keyboard.

Balceroregontr said...

I much prefer passionate to rabid. Passionate fans can think but if we are rabid we are acting irrationally because of a desease. I hope fans don't adopt the term rabid fan. It is an insult to any fandom.
Debby