Part 2 - May 7, 2002
Xydexx's Theory of Fandom Enjoyability states thus:
you hang around with a bunch of people who go around saying how much
furry fandom sucks, you will eventually start to believe it's true.
If you try to convince a bunch of people who enjoy saying furry fandom
sucks that it isn't true, you're wasting time that would better be
spent hanging around with people who are actually fun to hang around
I've come up with a diagram1,2 that illustrates the point further:
On the one hand, we've got (for lack of a better term) the Cool Furries.
These are folks with a positive attitude toward the fandom. They stick
around because they get back what they put into the fandom, and
generally have a great time in it. They tend to avoid the Big
Complainers, and spend time in the company of other Cool Furries
instead. And the more Cool Furries they hang out with, and the more fun
they have. This is an upward spiral. As the saying goes, "The More The
On the other hand, we've got (for lack of a better term) the Big Complainers.
These are folks with a negative attitude toward the fandom. They
complain how the fandom sucks, yet for some reason they stick around
(so I guess it doesn't suck that much, does it?) They tend to
drive away the Cool Furries, and instead attract other Big Complainers.
And the more Big Complainers they hang around with, the more miserable
they get. This is a downward spiral. As the saying goes, "Misery Loves
Cool Furries hang out with Cool Furries and Big Complainers hang out with Big Complainers because they think "Here's other people who think like me, therefore I must be right." To a certain extent, each of them are right—the fandom can be either a really cool place, or it can be a really sucky place... it all depends on what you make of it.
Personally, I like hanging out with the Cool Furries. They're a lot of fun.
Xydexx's Axiom Of Fandom Enjoyability