What Turns Someone into a Fanatic?

A question about Justin Bieber on Lockergnome got me thinking. Baoster was wondering why it is some people “love” JB while others loathe him. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground… it’s one extreme or the other with this kid. The same holds true with many of the technology devices on the market today, such as the iPhone 4 and HTV EVO 4G.

What is it about people and devices that turn otherwise intelligent people (some – not all!) into blithering idiots? What makes them so blind to other things and ideas? Why do you feel that certain pieces of technology – or particular teen pop sensations – are canonized?

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