Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Your 15 minutes of fame

We live in an age where it seems impossible is becoming something of a myth. In the 60’s Andy Warhol predicted that “In the future everybody will be famous for fifteen minutes”. You can’t choose the 15 minutes, but why or how would you become world famous.

My first thought when pondering Warhol’s statement was our list of reality shows today. I mean really- is there anything that doesn’t have a reality show these days. Booming with Big Brother, soon followed Idols, Survivor, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Model, Top Chef….. er- I could probably go on forever.

I suppose what makes these shows so popular is that they feature the ordinary guy out there and not the well-trained actor or actress. And, ultimately, supposed to be a reflection of reality. Whether the content is in fact that real is another question. Exotic locations and bizarre events seem more to me like modified reality than anything else. Be that as it may – so comes the ordinary guy’s moment in the sun, his 15 minutes of fame.

I think Warhol could see it coming way back then – that at some point, becoming famous would be much easier and not restricted to the types of celebrities we’ve been used to up until recently.

In addition, and reality shows aside, with new media these days, becoming famous is truly within just about anybody’s reach. As easy as posting a video about your special talents, blogging ferociously on your subject of choice, podcasts, participating on forums and discussion lists on your area of specialty…. & boom…. so comes your moment in the sun.

I don’t think everybody out there wants to be famous, but of those of you who have that secret desire, your 15 minutes of fame is not Mission Impossible.


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