I recently came across this article while looking for the Klingon version of the Gangnam style video. It was an article that was posted to the Metro News website, I am not able to tell from the article if this was included in any of the print editions of the paper. Here is a link to the article.
In the article the author asks why someone would attend a Star Trek convention and I guess as an extension any sci-fi/fantasy convention. He brings into question a couple who exchanged their vows in Klingon at the convention. He draws the conclusion that time is short in life referencing that the average person lives 29,000 days alive and there are so many better things to do with our time.
To start off I would like to say that if I have 29,000 days to live on this planet why not spend it with people who like the same things as me. For me conventions are about seeing the stars, getting an autograph or a picture, but one of the best things about attending a sci-fi/fantasy convention to me is the people you meet. Most of the people who are not the flag waving-costume wearing-I am an actual person in whatever fictional universe they follow person.
Some of them are retired, some are sysadmins, some are secretaries, some are musicians, some run their own business, the list goes on. All of these people have one thing in common and it is a starting point for getting to know someone new. How often in life are you able to approach someone and know they the both of you will have something in common. It is very rare, the only other instance I can think of is at a sporting event and I would say that there are more people dressed in the (literal) uniform of the team that they like then there are at a sci-fi/fantasy con.
Sports fans have the same issue with media focus, the tv cameras focus on the fans that are screaming, the people with face paint on, the overweight guy with his belly painted and yet there is only a small chuckle at that.
Take a step back and think about it, how would you spend you 29,000 days on this earth? Would you rather spend it with a bunch of strangers, or people you barely know, or would you like to spend it with people you know you have something in common with.
My name is Jeff and I am a proud trekkie.