We decided to go a different route for this week's Soul-Poll, preferring to focus on blog culture rather than music.
In nearly every urban music blog we come across on a daily basis, we've seen simple posts about an artist or a new video or song devolve into immature, repetitive, faceless name-calling. The two main words that are frequently tossed about are "hater" and "stan". It could be argued that whoever throws the first dart falls into the opposing category themselves, but it isn't always that simple.
If we ever use that kind of terminology here at SoulBounce, we do it with a wink and and nudge, because we're trying to cultivate a "different" kind of audience here. Also, we don't mention certain artists in the first place, effectively avoiding any of those exchanges.
It does occur to us from time to time, that "haters" and "stans" do exist, and most of them are rather annoying. After the bounce, you get to vote on who's the worst and, perhaps, implicate yourself as one of them in the comments. Because it's funny, and we love being entertained as much as you do.
Definitions, via UrbanDictionary:
Hater: A person that simply cannot be happy for another person's success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person. Hating, the result of being a hater, is not exactly jealousy. The hater doesnt really want to be the person he or she hates, rather the hater wants to knock someone else down a notch.
Stan: Based on the central character in the Eminem song of the same name, a "stan" is an overzealous maniacal fan for any celebrity or athlete.
What these definitions leave out is that haters, by nature, know nothing, while hardcore stans know too much.- Advertisement -
So who lowers the discourse more? Someone that acts on blind, knee-jerk negative judgment or someone that equates his/her favorite entertainers with the Almighty God in Heaven? Swallow the lump in your throat and get to voting.