(M)odern fame seems particularly centred on the politics of dissolution. Not only are much of the mass and narrowcast media geared up to attacking the famous, but the famous seem increasingly unable to deal with the amount of (hostile) exposure they get. The intensity of the glare and the totalized nature of the surveillance that they are put and put themselves under creates a vision regime that leaves little if any space for them to be offscreen, out of print, switched off. The famous are caught in the collapse of the public/private and are often forced to be continually in role, in performance, as media beings. So much so, perhaps, that they exist literally only in and through media representation: as made-up beings, with no ‘consciousness’ beyond that… The adoring, obsessive fans play their part in this dissolution of the famous: they live their lives in and through the stars and celebrities they come to worship. They put them under a panopticon of fame which itself can extend into the realms of the psychotic. Obsessive fans blur and confuse the real and the fictional so that the star or celebrity is imagined to respond to, or get in the way of, their wishes and desires.
— Intimate Fame Everywhere - Sean Redmond