Are you a “Stan”
What are stans?
If you’ve been on social media for the past five years, you’ve likely come across the term “Stan”. A stan is a very dedicated fan of a particular person, such as a musician, actor, writer, or influencer. Stans are characterized by their high level of commitment and their intensive involvement in the fandom of an actor.
The term is used as both a noun and a verb. Someone can identify himself as the “Stan” of a pop artist or he can also “stan” a new song or film.
The story of “stanning”
The term “Stan” comes from the song of the same name on Eminem’s 2001 album “The Marshall Mathers LP”. The track tells the story of an obsessed fan named Stan, who wrote several letters to the rapper. Eventually, Stan’s obsession gets out of hand and he becomes violent.
Some suspicious Eminem named the character Stan because it was a combination of the words “stalker” and “fan”.
A few years after the song was released, the term was picked up by early internet forums to refer to avid fans. Since then, it has become a collective term for self-identified online fans of all types of media personalities and artists. It is used on all social networking sites, but especially on Twitter.
A movement called “Stan Culture” has also appeared. Many online standards communicate, behave, and identify themselves in certain ways. Being a stan usually means joining a particular artist’s fandom and building community with other like-minded stans.
What is Stans doing?
Most internet stans are part of a collective called “stan twitter”. Its anonymous nature, coupled with the ability to actually interact with celebrities, has made Twitter the most popular hangout for stans.
Most stans also don’t use personally identifiable information in their Twitter handles. Instead, they usually create a name and use a profile picture related to the celebrity they were.
Stans are often able to organize and create large-scale movements that temporarily affect social media. They take part in the following activities to support their favorite artists:
- Actively stream or buy new songs and albums to help them rank higher on the music charts.
- Post or tweet about their favorite artist regularly to raise awareness.
- Create and popularize various hashtags, trends, and memes.
- Join advocacy groups and raise funds for charities that support their favorite artists.
- Participation in “stanwars”. This includes arguing with the stans of another artist who is a perceived rival.
- Defending your favorite artist in the event of controversy or scandals.
Stans also likes and frequently replies to posts from celebrities who have a social media presence. Many stans also participate in more insular activities such as B. Creating memes and sharing inside jokes with other stans in the community.
An unusual part of the culture is the dominance of “fancams”, short clips of dancing Korean pop stars. Stans usually responds to various unrelated posts with these to communicate the performing skills of these artists.
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Stans and online culture
Stans has profoundly influenced the entire internet culture. The most obvious example of this is the increasing use of “Stan Language,” a collection of terms commonly used on Stan Twitter. Some examples are “bop” (an entertaining pop song) and “sis” (short for “sister”).
However, in recent years the media has highlighted the toxicity of the Stan culture. Because of their anonymity, island location, and devotion, some stans regularly participate in nefarious activities. These included trolling, doxing, bullying, and targeted harassment of others online.
Conversely, many artists enjoy this level of interaction and self-identification among their fans. It can also be particularly positive when stans use their large number and organization to run political advocacy or raise money for charity.
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