Maybe it's just me but I feel like the fanaticism from people has gotten a lot worse when it comes to pop singers & bands. I was a huge *NSYNC fan but I don't remember any of us being as rabid as Bieber, One Direction, etc., fans. Like we didn't like hearing about girlfriends and really hated a couple of them but we weren't sending them death threats.
It feels like it goes hand-in-hand with how out of control so many kids are these days - no boundaries, repercussions, etc.
I don't know, there were some pretty rabid fans throughout time. Just check out Elvis, The Beatles, etc. Girls fainting, screaming like maniacs. But they didn't have access to social media as we do today or a 24 hour news cycle that blares everything as soon as it's found out. Makes the dynamic a bit different for entertainers, etc., but the rabid fans have been there throughout the ages.
Not really that rabid though in times past. The first ever fainters were "planted" and paid into concerts by psychologists for some study and fake-fainted, which then led to other girls fainting for real or faking it too, because those first girls (the planted ones) fainted. That's when the fans really started to get off their rockers (though you had stalkers way back when too and crazies, just not this many idiots like today), but I'd say today's fans, esp teens, are so bloody rabid for two reasons: 1. social media and the need to know every little detail, no more mystery remaining and the out of control oversharing by celebs and non-celebs alike, which is beyond OTT at this point, and 2. no boundaries set by parents, no parent says "no" anymore and everyone's child is a special little snowflake and deserves
to get the best and everything else they want.
No discipline, no boundaries, no rules, no responsibility/ obligations or chores those kids must do
at home, because mummy or daddy will do it instead, no probz. And no common sense either.
So many things are sadly so out of control, no wonder each new generation behaves totally shytty and some older generations follow suit (just eg look at social media and people of all ages being irresponsible on it and with it)..