Wednesday, August 3, 2011

World Famous

In the year 2006, I felt that something big was about to change when Time magazine chose You as person of the year. The cover of the magazine showed a computer with a reflective pane intended to reflect the image of a person who picked the magazine. This was a huge step from the previous choices of persons who were later recognized as historical figures.

In 1968, Andy Warhol said that, “"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." These days, we find difficulty in not thinking of Youtube, blogs or even reality TV shows when that quote is mentioned. Did Warhol envision a kind of medium that will empower every individual? Or did he mean that someday there would not be a hierarchy of things that are worthy to be represented? Is media trend towards more democratization? Or is fame really overrated? The fact is, these days, there are so many channels by which we can all be famous.

James Anthony Mina #7

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