” In the future, everybody will have 15 minutes of fame / be world – famous for 15 minutes ” – According to the late pop – culture guru Andy Warhol. I don’t think Andy was counting on the rise of the Internet & the ” infosphere “. With it, any reasonably literate person, or anyone knowledgeable in CGI / digital art, photography, painting can have a sizable audience, & considerably MORE than 15 minutes of fame.
Even Harlan Ellison – A prolific author of ” speculative fiction ” ( Who has a rabid dislike of terms like ” sci – fi “, once comparing it to the ” sound of 2 crickets f**king ” ) & 1 of my favorite authors, has a website – Ellison Webderland – dedicated to him by a fan, & even a Youtube channel. His video excerpts from his DVD ” Dreams With Sharp Teeth ” are often insightful, funny, cautionary, ANGRY, slightly pedantic, or a mixture of the previously – mentioned 5 traits, are posted on there. Ironic in that Harlan Ellison doesn’t own a computer or DIDN’T. Anyway, Unca Harlan has considerably more than 15 minutes of fame, along with Jerry Siegel & Joe Schuster, Bob Kane, Stan Lee, Isaac Asimov, Neill deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, George Gershwin, Frank Zappa, Carlos Santana, Billy Joel, Michael Flatley & the cast of ” Riverdance “, Quentin Tarantino, and — You get the idea. People both living & people who have been dead for centuries or millennia.
Pretty much everybody has had AT LEAST 15 minutes of fame thanks to the Internet, & it’s a human trait – I believe – to want more in increments & to a very diverse audience. ” diverse ” would be semi – nomadic tribes – people in Central Asia reading blogs via their smart – phones, as an example.
Here’s wishing you 15 minutes of fame & more via WordPress, Twitter, Google Plus, Youtube & other venues. I don’t think the printed / written word is doomed by social media, as I think Harlan said. That has been a concern of his. The printed page will still be around, ” alive & well ” for centuries.