from the hasn't-that-always-happened? dept
It's an interesting theory, but I don't think there's much to support it in reality. First of all, as a recent excellent Hypebot piece explained, true fan tribes are nothing new, nor is the fact that many will shun outsiders or newbies until they've really shown themselves worthy of acceptance. So I don't see how this is particularly different. Also, a lot of these super deluxe packages aren't necessarily about stuff you can "wear" that would be noticeable in gatherings. On the whole, it just doesn't seem like that much of a problem. There will always be elitist fans and some will always snub less enthusiastic fans. I don't see how that changes now that those more enthusiastic fans have more ways to support the artists they love.