Monday, February 18, 2019

What Would You Do For 15 Minutes of Fame?

Good Day World!

There's nothing like the aroma of that first pot of coffee to perk up my day. 

Which leads to today's topic: What would you do for 15 minutes of fame to perk up your day? 

I'll open the conversation with a recent event that struck me as odd, especially coming from an actor on a successful TV series.

One of the actors on the hit show "Empire" apparently staged a phony attack against himself. Jussie Smollett told police he was beaten up and had racial epitaphs hurled against him by two MAGA hat wearing racists.

A week after that allegation the police discovered it was a bullshit story and he paid two friends to help him stage the phony attack.

My question for Jussie is, Why in the hell would you risk losing whatever following you have by making up a story like that?

The answer, I suspect, is he didn't feel like he was getting enough press and a story like this would thrust him into the media limelight. 

He was right. The sad part is his career is probably over.

Let's go back to the concept of 15 minutes of fame.

The expression was inspired by Andy Warhol's words "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes"

His prediction of ever expanding media coverage for non-celebrities leading to a moment of stardom was right on. We see examples every day.

From an 8-year old calling 911and saving his parents life, to Colin O'Brady, a Portland, Oregon man who was the first American to solo walk across Antarctica recently.

These intrepid souls and average folk are the stuff of fleeting fame thanks to our digital age.

In closing, have you ever had your 15-minute of fame? That moment when everyone knows your name? If so, please share with the readers of this blog.

I'm listening.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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