Working in the field of building components used for networking infrastructures, I did not realize the power of internet until I got into studying BYJ. As I mentioned before, my life was centered around work and family, no awareness and knowledge about the vast applications of internet. After realizing the existance of BYJ and his fans, I got into the daily bae-net surfing business. Alas, there is so much internet can offer. With internet, I can look up online dictionaries; I can check out encyclopedia; I can learn how stuff works; I can make phone calls; I can watch TV, I can post pictures; and I can read BYJ news; I can join BYJ club; I can read people's writings about BYJ; I can download BYJ VODs; I can listen to BYJ musics;I can gaze at BYJ photos, I can hop around various BYJ blogs; I can chat, I can write ... just like what Marissa and Yokee shared and added about an observation of Fandom, which Marissa found from a non-BYJ related forum -
Fandom is focus. Fandom is obsession. Fandom is insatiable consumption. Fandom is sitting for hours in front of a TV screen a movie screen a computer screen with a comic book a novel on your lap. Fandom is eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome and not enough exercise and staying up way, way past your bedtime.
(Marissa : fandom is instant technical know how on downloading, uploading, making websites, forums, videos and just about anything related to the world wide web. fandom is exorbitant electricity and dsl fees)
(Yokee : fandom is something i never tot i'll part of it and being stuck to it...scotch tape, UHU glue, contact adhesive..you name it.)
Fandom is creating. Fandom is drawing, painting, vidding: nine seasons in four minutes of love. Fandom is words, language, authoring. Fandom is essays, stories, betas, parodies, filks, zines, usenet posts, blog posts, message board posts, emails, chats, petitions, wank, concrit, feedback, recs. Fandom is writing for the first time since you were twelve. Fandom is finally calling yourself a writer.
(Marissa : fandom is expression of a creative genius you may or may never know existed within you. and the best part - a matter of perspective really, you enjoy doing it even though you dont get PAID for it)
(Yokee : fandom is regretting not paying attention during english classes. fandom creates the so called 'writer' in u. fandom scores u an 'A' when nobody cares.)
You see, I am the example of that "instant technical know-how". With BYJ as the propeller, I ramped up on these internet skills faster than I could have ever imagined.
And most importantly, I found the most treasured offering of the internet - I can meet with the many SOULs that belong to BYJ. Boy those souls are beautiful! I would add to what Marissa and Yokee blogged :
Fandom is you in the US and me in the Philippines and him in Korea and her in Japan. Fandom is a sofabed in Singapore, a roadtrip in Hawaii, a friend behind a face in Malaysia. Fandom talks past timezones and accents and backgrounds. Fandom is conversation. Communication. Contact.
(Yokee : fandom is learning a language u'll never use in your everyday life. fandom speaks as though u understand itself but in actual fact u understand nothing.)
Fandom is meeting souls that share the same value, same interest, same taste.
Through internet, we can not and we do not need to know anything about the bodies of these souls. How beautiful they look, how tall they are, how big they are, how young they are, what country they are from, what language they speak, what tradition or religion they hold, what education they had, what family they are from, how do they smell, how do they eat, how do they dress, how do they sound, ...... we don't know any of these, and we are not distracted by any of these, all we care is, the souls are communicating with mutual love and we sensed that we know each other before, now and ever after. These souls belong to BYJ and BYJ's to them. These souls treasure life, love truth, foster unity, appreciate beauty, value virtues, cherish love. And don't miss this, they have absolutely straight, perfected taste in sexuality - they know exactly what attricutes a man should have that are attractive to a woman, and vice versa. (They do have a body after all).
Fandom is where you found yourself....(Marissa : MAYBE.... ahahaha).... (Yokee : im glad)
These souls are connected through internet. They found BYJ, they found what they have dreamed for and they found themselves. As I chatted before, the bodies of these souls will eventually change form as the lasting effect of these souls conversing to each other and watching BYJ for too long - eventually they'll be really look like folks from the same family, they'll start gesturing the same way, smiling the same way, staring the same way, sighing the same way, walking the same way, sitting the same way, talking the same way ... I am thinking one day, walking on the street of Seoul, I can spot a BYJ fan right away since I have known that soul for too long - she wears a pair of glasses or sunglasses, puts her hand on her heart, shines the most geniune smile, eyes offer the most understanding comfort, and gently bow when she expresses her gratitude. That woman, her soul comes from the BYJ family.
Thank you BYJ for your power, your charisma to have magnetized so many wonderful loving souls to fill my life with more meanings and joy.