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Surface Level Fans (Anime/Video Games/Metal and beyond!)

Posted by Zaku77, 05 May 2014 · 849 views

I've been thinking about this topic for ages, but it only recently occurred to me that it would be a good discussion for a video. Sound off with your take on it below!







You know what I call these people whom you so kindly refer to as "surface" people? Fuck en Poseurs. Death To False Metal!!!

 

Anywho, to touch on the topic at hand, I think that individuals from this perspective may want to carry the label of Otaku or Metal Head or RPG enthusiast because they aspire to appear as part of that sub culture/category of people. I will just take it from a metal perspective. People who say they like metal, but can't name a band in a sub genre (or a band not on metal blade/nuclear blast) aren't really metal heads. Reason being, metal is about the music itself and not what is popular enough to get play or major label support. Bands that are real metal bands don't care about making it big, or selling millions of records. They don't make music because it is part of a "nu-fade" that will get them attention.  

 

The issue with fans that are "surface" fans is that they have to start somewhere, and I would hope that the more they are exposed to a topic (ie, metal) they will find that bands out there whom are practically unheard of are more talented than the garbage that got them interested into the subject in the first place. Yea, Metallica has a few good old albums, but the Kreator albums from that same time are 1000% better, partially because of the lasting authenticity attached to them. It is my hope when talking to people about music that I can help them find better bands than the main stream ones, going so far as to make cds of albums they might like (trying to get a guy at my school whom likes Rush to listen to Dream Theater for example). Yes, poseurs damage scenes and are responsible for the lame stereotypes connected to the scene(s) at hand, even perpetuating those sterotypes. But just keep exposing people to stuff you like, because that's the only way to open them up to new perspectives and experiences.

 

I had a professor say to me in January " I like Metal". Me too, I say. What bands do you like? "Five Finger Death Punch". I almost threw up. That's not metal. I almost mentioned Coathanger Abortion as a band I like, but considering it was my ethics class, I figured I would keep that to myself. Fight the good fight, man- Eat Pizza, Smoke Crack and Worship Satan.

You know what I call these people whom you so kindly refer to as "surface" people? Fuck en Poseurs. Death To False Metal!!!

 

Anywho, to touch on the topic at hand, I think that individuals from this perspective may want to carry the label of Otaku or Metal Head or RPG enthusiast because they aspire to appear as part of that sub culture/category of people. I will just take it from a metal perspective. People who say they like metal, but can't name a band in a sub genre (or a band not on metal blade/nuclear blast) aren't really metal heads. Reason being, metal is about the music itself and not what is popular enough to get play or major label support. Bands that are real metal bands don't care about making it big, or selling millions of records. They don't make music because it is part of a "nu-fade" that will get them attention.  

 

The issue with fans that are "surface" fans is that they have to start somewhere, and I would hope that the more they are exposed to a topic (ie, metal) they will find that bands out there whom are practically unheard of are more talented than the garbage that got them interested into the subject in the first place. Yea, Metallica has a few good old albums, but the Kreator albums from that same time are 1000% better, partially because of the lasting authenticity attached to them. It is my hope when talking to people about music that I can help them find better bands than the main stream ones, going so far as to make cds of albums they might like (trying to get a guy at my school whom likes Rush to listen to Dream Theater for example). Yes, poseurs damage scenes and are responsible for the lame stereotypes connected to the scene(s) at hand, even perpetuating those sterotypes. But just keep exposing people to stuff you like, because that's the only way to open them up to new perspectives and experiences.

 

I had a professor say to me in January " I like Metal". Me too, I say. What bands do you like? "Five Finger Death Punch". I almost threw up. That's not metal. I almost mentioned Coathanger Abortion as a band I like, but considering it was my ethics class, I figured I would keep that to myself. Fight the good fight, man- Eat Pizza, Smoke Crack and Worship Satan.

I could go through and respond to that whole post, point by point, or just give it a resounding thumbs up--albeit in text form--and give you a hardy thank you for a great response! haha