Wow, that was a long post.
In addition to Markus’ thoughtful reply, I’d just like to add that many fans use Dusty to project their own lives on, in order to understand themselves better. Especially when they find similarities between Dusty and themselves. And there is nothing wrong with that. But one has to bear in mind that it is based on speculation and that it says more about them than it says about Dusty.
First I have to say, again, that there's isnt anything dismissive about Corinna's comment, although ifyouknew's (knew what?) comment about my dissertation was!
I oversimplified things by saying it was about projection. It is about how fans find in Dusty (her music, her life) a part of themselves that they identify with, and through this their lives are changed profoundly.
The suggestion that some fans know the truth while others are just .... Fill in the blank....idol worshippers,
academics making things too complicated, people who can't brook disagreement...is silly really. As for
"descenting" (I assume you mean dissenting) fans being run off, nothing could be further from the truth. On the
other hand, there have been several shit stirrers through the years who have driven people crazy with their attitude, who were given warning after warning, before their membership was deleted. And some members
leave for opposite reasons than those implied.
It's not so much the content of the disagreement as it is the attitude/tone that creates problems.
As an admin, I'm sorry I haven't been able to step in sooner...I'm on 'vacation,'with my partner and her
octogenarian parents. I think it's best to lock this thread. And I'm sure any request to no longer be a member can be accommodated.