Dossier 9: Online Fandom

Meet three stans: someone from the Rihanna Navy, the A.R.M.Y and a Smiler

The internet has made being a fan more than posters of your favourite artist all over the walls of your bedroom, collecting all the albums and trying to get an autograph during a concert. Social media allows you to follow even more of your idol’s life, which makes being a fan seem even more intense. Online, fans form close-knit communities. Beliebers (Justin Bieber fans), BeyHive (Beyonce fans), Rihanna Navy (Rihanna fans), Little Monsters (Lady Gaga fans), A.R.M.Y. (BTS fans) or Arianators (Ariana Grande fans) find each other, and battle regularly with other stan communities.

What’s it like to be stan? Devica, Oumaima and Sarah give us the answer:

Devica: “Rihanna is just the best”

Oumaima: “The A.R.M.Y is hard core”

Sarah: “I was a fan of Selina Gomez on the side, don’t tell anyone!”