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Typical FanboyFanboys.

Just saying the word makes me cringe.

If you are having trouble figuring out just what a fanboy is take a look at the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons, he is the fanboy archetype. They tend to be the all knowing keepers of our popular culture.

Now, I don’t want to sound like some sort of Ivy League elitist here – I confess that I like Batman, James Bond, Star Wars and Godzilla as much as the next guy – but now with the¬†internet fanboydom has risen like popovers to hijack anything to do with popular culture.

Young Fanboy and Old FanboyThe Jabba the Hut of fanboydom, Harry Knowles sat in his bedroom in Texas and brought a slavering Hollywood to its knees with his Ain’t It Cool website. Prior to the internet Harry was just a regular nebbish (does anyone actually use this word anymore) trolling under bridges and only coming out into the light for comic book conventions. Suddenly, he was one of the most powerful people in Hollywood and was courted outlandishly by every major studio.

In a ridiculously short period of time, Harry achieved what no other fanboy before him had, he became a genuine arbitrator of taste. Which explains why Michael Bay (Armageddon, Transformers) is one of the most powerful directors in Hollywood. Michael’s movies may look like they are made for kiddies who are Ritalin deprived, but the fanboys flock to them in droves.

It also explains why films like Sin City and 300 are hits and why Dane Cook has a career (not for much longer we hope). In literature Harry Potter was ideally made for fanboy culture and on television Heroes is the latest topic of conversation on the websites (7 or 8 million give or take)

But we must be quiet today, it was Christmas this week in fanboydom with the release of Halo 3 last Tuesday.  Fanboys are still sleeping after having spent nights lined up at Best Buy to buy Halo 3 and then more nights playing it.

Sleep on dear fanboys, sleep on, it is the only peace we’ll have for awhile.

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