Monday 26 May 2008

Andy Warhol Had it Wrong

Fifteen minutes of fame was a good guess, but had Mr. Warhol known about blogging, I think that measurement would have been far greater.

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Posted by:   Molly | 22:32 | Comments (23)

Comments (23)

  1. I guess it depends on your definition of fame:-)

    15 minutes making a presentation to the WI might make some people feel they have reached their pinnacle of fame, playing to an audience of 50 thousand might be anothers, whilst the world stage might be something that the most egotistical would strive for.

    You could say that everyone will be famous somewhere for someone for at least 15 minutes.

    p.s. why do some blogs attract like moths and a flame… I can’t seem to stay away from this one!

  2. Warhol’s later update actually seems quite prescient:

    ‘It’s the place where my prediction from the sixties finally came true: “In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.” I’m bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is, “In fifteen minutes everybody will be famous.”‘

    — Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol’s Exposures (1979) “Studio 54”

  3. I prefer the more internet appropriate 15kb of fame 🙂

  4. Well it all depends how you look at it. By and large bloggers are not famous. Yes a few are, but ask a random person if they know Jeffery Zeldman and chances are they stare back at you with a blank expression on their face. In the world web standards he’s famous, outside it I wouldn’t put any money on him being well recognised.
    But this is the thing about Warhol claim. Pop culture is by it’s nature a fragmented culture, hence why he must have thought that everybody will be able to have go. With blogging these fragments of culture have more depth but not much more width. When I consider YouTube I get the feeling that the gist of Warhol’s 15 minute fame claim is pretty accurate.

  5. You could say we have 15 minutes of fame and then possibly live a long life being famous. Some become rich and famous and loose track of the true realities of life. There are many poor and starving people living in squaller, the adults go out and work all day just to feed their family or families. Billions of them live in Africa, Asia and South America.

    Then there are the heroes of civilization like Leonardo Di Vinci and Martin Luther King or heroines like Joan of Arc.

    Now everyone can have their own 15 minutes of fame via youtube, that’s if they can afford to have access to a computer. The world needs some equality.

  6. Maybe it’s an equation something like total number of people/length of time.

  7. In our ‘instant-on’ and ‘give-it-to-me-now’ culture, our concept of fame and time has been skewed. BTW, what with the following “albums download Anna Maria Jopek online tracks Anthony Evans buy music Apollo Four Fourty Anna Nalick A Beautiful Machine Absolum albums buy Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger …” in your feed?

  8. In the future, we’ll all have 15 minutes of anonymity.

  9. We need a standard set of best practices.

    You´re a poet 😉

  10. I prefer the more internet appropriate 15kb of fame

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