Atlanta Falcons “Defend the Dome”: Football, Religion, and Existential Power | Media/Culture | ReligionDispatches
The origins of fandom lie, in this view, not in the catharsis of violent instincts or in neurotic attempts to dominate a symbolic mother figure, but rather in the desire to connect with, appropriate, and experience as one’s own a significant source of power.
Hawk Notes: I elected not to look at this article the first time it appeared on my daily article summary from Religion Dispatches, but when it popped up again -- further down the list of recent articles this time -- I'm guessing that some signal from my (or the collective) unconscious led me to use the link.
I found the author's suggestion that fandom is an attempt "to connect with, appropriate, and experience as one’s own a significant source of power" to be an interesting idea for further contemplation.
I also found Kenny Smith's article to connect obliquely to another idea I am developing in a paper I intend to call "The Case of the Hysteric Hydrologist." In his references to interpretations of "fandom" by psychiatrist A.A. Brill and religion scholar James McBride, followed by his own take on the fan-experience, Smith evokes a larger question about how we come to know what we say we know.
As it is a larger question, I hope to come back to it in pieces over a series of future posts.