A Pop-Punk Singer and the Blurred Line Between Digital Fan Mail and Trouble

Joe Coscarelli, New York Times:

As technology has eroded the traditional barriers between musicians and their admirers, the old-fashioned methods of connection — sending fan letters into the record label ether, sneaking backstage at a concert for a photo — have given way to new forms of interaction: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Online, artists are closer to their public than ever.

It’s important for this story to remain in the media. Without being talked about, many stories about this sort of awful thing fade away. Kudos to Coscarelli for taking this one to a larger audience.