August 27, 2009

A New Era of Celebrity

An interesting thought:  you all remember Andy Warhol's 1968 comment that "In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes."  Well, here we are 40 years later and darned if somebody famous isn't dying every fifteen minutes -- so Warhol's statement must have come true.  Michael Jackson, Les Paul, John Hughes, Farrah Fawcett, Eunice Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Robert Novak, Dominick Dunne...

The ascent of the microcelebrities, the 24 hour news cycle, citizen journalism, and our darkest fantasies all collide on Twitter now. The website's question "What are you doing?" sometimes feels more like "Who died today?"

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