a friend of mine was recently telling me this story about a bike scene that they are actively involved in. it seems that there are certain people whom are in a certain position of power and tend to act quite intimidating towards other people as a way of protecting their own status in the scene. they coined the term "fan-boy sydrome" where these people have loads of little teenage fans that look up to them and tell them how wonderful they are etc etc that after a while they start believing it and infact use these fans as a way of boosting up their egos. it's like they are addicted to the position of status and social power and will keep everyone else at as much of a distance as possible.
how shit is that?? that a scene can be built up of people whom are in such great need of that bolstering that they actually make it difficult for others to enjoy the scene as well. in such a small a unique niche it's a real shame because it only takes one or two assholes to fuck it up for everyone else - there isnt really alot of space to not have to deal with such people. it kinda ends up being like a "cant live with them, can't live wihtout them" type deal.
i spose thinking about there really wouldn't be anyone that is THAT bad - i mean come on we're all human. but what if this sort of syndrome were something much more subtle and inherent in the way that a scene were run?
i mean all sorts of human communities have social heirarchies/platforms/structures of status but they dont all need to end up running like some boys club ..do they??
i got thinking about the need for acceptance within the community that you are involved in. like on the question: 'does speaking up make you an outcast?'. this question is loaded with pre established ideals:
-i want to do what's right
-i dont want to be considered an 'outcast'
- i want to be accepted by my community.
...ok my train of thought has gone now and i have to leave for a baptism ceremony. so till next time, team..