The “exclusive” internet fan base of Star Wars
We all know it to be true. Search deep within yourselves. This isn’t about the prequels, it’s about the people and how internet sites like Twitter have made us become self centered. I have come across countless people who don’t necessarily like me because of my views or that I speak the truth that most are too fearful to mention. Trust me when I say this, I’ve been dealing with these kinds of people since 1999, one’s who claim to be the most warm hearted fans, and yet are most concerned with their image and how a particular fan page, podcast or everyday fan will look at them. I promise this article will be short, Yoda short.
I like what I enjoy. I share what makes me happy, and Star Wars only accounts for maybe 25–30% of that. The thing with Star Wars fans is, most will discredit anything else in exchange for something SW related, new or old. “They ruined my childhood!” “I can’t believe this is happening!” is just some of the examples of what I see online when it comes to film and game franchises, but when it comes to Star Wars? Those fans will call a new short of Bantha poodoo amazing if it makes them look bigger of a Star Wars fan. Don’t get me wrong, I love Star Wars as much as any other fan, a fan’s love for something like Star Wars is no bigger than another’s, but thanks to things like social media, it’s easy to get that misconstrued. Some fans will dedicate their entire life to social media Star Wars-ness, which is completely cool, but when they make the fan who doesn’t know how to Photoshop cool SW stuff, have a bunch of toys or write something feel insignificant, that’s NOT cool. A “common” Star Wars lover is not endorsed to retweet or favorite every little thing they see. All fans are created equal, even the major collectors with rooms full of merchandise, that was George’s plan. Let’s talk about him for a moment.
Shortly after Twitter was created in 2006, George Lucas created his own Twitter page in an effort to get closer to fans and hear their feedback. That didn’t work out as well as he planned. It wasn’t long before he deactivated it. Fast forward to 2017 and it seems he may have returned but under a much quieter page he uses very little, @GeorgeLucasILM. It’s not a verified account, but it’s safe to say he would want it that way considering how awful fans can be. The account has sketch’s and ideas that could only come from George himself, so it’s up to you to believe if it’s him or not. Some of the fans who “shooed” him away are the same fans around today.
I don’t have a thing against the internet, or even the salty “know it all” fans who use it. There are days I wish sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram would roll out subscription services, or simply better user moderation. I’ve got a backbone and will always stand my ground. I’m a part of the dying breed once known as “face-to-face talkers.” There are plenty of “know it all” fans on social media eager for that next follower to praise their fandom and flame their ego a bit more, only to treat that follower like they don’t exist later on. News flash. We don’t own Star Wars, no one but George and LFL. We are merely fans who adore the intense work that goes into maintaining such a franchise. We truly need to come together and become a more diverse and loving community, not a pick and choose one because that’s exactly what we’ve become.
Stay strong in the Force, for it will be with you always.