Stan Wars is a very honest, albeit comical website on obsessive pop music fans who think they actually know about the musician in question (albeit by imposing his/her bias instead of empathising with said diva), start pointless discussions and comparisons over which diva is better and son on. The word stan is a combination of stalker and fan, stemming from Eminem’s song of the same name featuring Devon Sawa and Dido.
The website has two articles about these know-it-all Stans though I could have done something similar personally. As said in one article on why stan wars are both educational and pointless, several stans sometimes get their information out of where and when combined with the lack of any real empathy for his/her favourite, it can be misleading and it says more about the fan than it does about the diva in question.
As I elaborated in a post about my favourite musicians, I try to understand things from her experience and what she said in USA Today by extrapolating something similar in the Philippines. You can be a dog owner and look down, despise or avoid all the other dogs. Not all Filipinos are like that with their dogs and not all of them eat dogs. While not all dogs here in the Philippines are strays, they’re almost always outside thus left to their own devices for most of the time.
They do come in from time to time while purebred dogs tend to have a novelty value due to their pedigree even if they can also be used for more utilitarian purposes. As I said before, Britney Spears is like that. She’s afraid of bigger dogs, which is why she likes much smaller dogs better even if it’s not always the case in some photo shoots and at one point her relatives kept bigger dogs however for strictly practical purposes. Though I don’t know if she changed her mind at this point and I’m afraid of pestering her.
In here, I did my research based on what she said and what goes on here when it comes to the dichotomy between pedigree dogs and outdoor mongrels. There are other fans that do the same but some stans have a habit of pulling things out of nowhere which makes their discussions and arguments pointless and self-centered. Another problem with stan wars is that when it comes to influence it doesn’t and needn’t to correlate with commercial success.
You can be very influential by the virtue of having several viral hits if Psy is any indication. While he released songs before he did Gangnam Style, the latter is what made him into a star and spawned several covers and parodies. In the age of online piracy, one can exert a lot of influence by having fans seek unreleased songs though usually it’s the more dedicated ones doing it. While having lots of Internet hits doesn’t always inspire offline success, that doesn’t underestimate whatever influence a diva might have on her fan.
It gets odder when you realise that there are some people who experience a surge in success in years due to some hit or quirk. It could be a sign of their influence but a diva can be influential without relying on hits and even classics. Then we get to the next problem: stans are in the minority. They’re very vocal but they’re not numerous in real life. There are varying degrees of obsessiveness. One can collect news reports and unreleased songs of said diva but not participate much in forums. Nonetheless a weird fanatical obsession with a certain diva can be unproductive, especially if that’s one of the few things a person cares about.
The greatest limit to stanning is that it’s trivial. A diva’s real influence on the person isn’t centered on the person himself/herself but how satisified s/he is. It doesn’t matter if she doesn’t sell records anymore or if she’s not popular anymore but she still has spark and she still has a career. Maybe nowhere near her peak but still an impact to be reckoned with. Several stans exaggerate things either by overestimating or underestimating things though I could be guilty of the same.
There isn’t anything wrong with liking a diva. It’s not a matter of taste, it’s a matter of not obsessing over her or any other diva to the point where it consumes your mind and your love for her starts to become all about you. Divas are successes because they appeal to a lot of people, not just stans and stans are a minority. That’s why stanning is pointless and useless. It’s none of your business so don’t crow about it.