This is a media research project in reference to TSG's "Objectivity vs. Kool-Aid" bombshell. His article made some stunning & compelling statements that generated responses from across the whole spectrum of the MHR fanbase. Despite all of the great dialogue & debate that ensued, I felt the greatest impact of the post was that it collectively forced the entire MHR membership to look in the Mirror. Who are we? Are the outsiders looking in correct in their assessments? Are we really just a bunch of Kool-Aid swilling optimists who are so out of touch with reality that we can't even tolerate the least bit of criticism of our Team, even from within? Let's try to find out.
I am not a psychologist, but I have studied Transactional Analysis & found it to be a useful tool for observing & analyzing human behavior. One of the models TA employs to describe personality is based upon how people relate to themselves as well as others. There are 4 different personalities. 1) I'm OK, You're OK. 2) I'm OK, you're not OK. 3) I'm not OK, you're OK. 4) I'm not OK, you're not OK. In the real world these personalities are dynamic and can change depending on who you are relating to. Perhaps it is possible that just maybe at some point in time one of us may have responded to a post with a reply that was predicated upon who the person was, rather than what the person said. It's a game changer. The mere understanding of the principle can help keep you on target.
Fortunately, for our experiment, that condition will be static. We will adapt the TA model to describe how we feel about ourselves as MHR Member Bronco Fans & our Team. After all, it's all about the Broncos. "I'm OK" implies that you are proud to be a fan of the Broncos & a member of MHR. You post often & occasionally partake from the pitcher full of you know what. These are just suggestions. You can fill in the rest. "I'm not OK" probably indicates that you are ashamed of your team because they are perceived as the laughingstock of the NFL. Likely frustrated & reluctant to post because you'll in all likelyhood just get flamed by the 13-3ers. Maybe contemplating a brown bag for headgear or even considering jumping ship. You get the drift.. "The Broncos are OK" could mean that you are totally down with all of the changes that have been made. HC,GM, offseason acquisitions, it's all good. This team is on the rise. "The Broncos are not OK "may be symptomatic of feelings like, I want my Shanny back, where's my Cutler, McD is in way over his head, FA & the Draft were a bust, we're going down in flames. You feel me?
It is my hope that this poll will provide a snapshot of the image that MHR reflects in the mirror which Guru held up for us.If the information can be correctly interpreted, maybe we can find out if we are the "Big Tent" one of the respondents in TSG's post described us as, or are we alienating & excluding large segments of the Bronco fanbase. If it can give us a better perspective & sharpen our focus, maybe even more meaningful & inclusive dialogue could be acheived at this already stellar website. Thanks BShrout for the encouragement.