Monday, February 11, 2013

Sports Fans

An example of interpretive community can be found in sports fans.  Some fans go to the extreme, and many people who don’t enjoy sports cannot understand the faithfulness of those who watch the game ‘til the end even while their team is losing by a considerable margin.  Sports fans have their own language, much like Trekkies or Star Wars junkies; words and phrases have taken on new meanings that the outside communities wouldn’t comprehend.  Established rivalries go even further, and those not involved simply do not understand the depth of the competition.  References to sports can usually be understood to everyone, but those of us who really do immerse ourselves into the game(s) are able to fully appreciate the meaning behind the words.

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