I was at an end of year drinks thing tonight, and the subject of the documentary came up, as most people in my life know this is something I’m working on.
What fascinated me in talking about why I feel so strongly about making this documentary is others’ responses to that. Immediately, the initial reaction is to be critical of the fandom and the band, but after I ask only a couple of questions it becomes clear that no one really knows what they’re talking about.
Tonight was just a little bit different, in that I met some resistance about it, but the people I was speaking to listened respectfully, and with curiosity about why I believed it was important. They had lots of questions, and eventually came to a place of saying “Yeah, you should be doing that.”
It’s particularly interesting talking to sports fans. The moment I point out how similar the cultures are, there is a silence while they try to work out how to refute what I’ve said. I something get some arguments back about an ingrained culture which lasts for generations, but for the most part I think people acknowledge that pop culture is the wider ingrained culture lasting for generations, and that One Direction is much like a team playing the game at the moment.
It’s been an interesting evening, and it has served to fire me up about telling these stories.
I hope you’re fired up too.
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