More Than Fifteen Minutes Of Fame & Other Sundry Musings

” 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.


Author: danielrappletonyahoocom

Science - fiction, fantasy, horror & suspense ( But not really " nerd / geek " material ), armchair cultural anthropologist, interested in archaeology ( Although the closest I've been to an actual dig - site was Pinson Mounds outside Memphis ), & interested in the obscure, strange or sometimes things that would bore or put off other people.

7 thoughts on “More Than Fifteen Minutes Of Fame & Other Sundry Musings”

  1. I’m still waiting.

    But seriously, Andy was right. With all the silly things humans do, especially on facebook, I’m not surprised that a lot more of us haven’t hit out 15 minutes yet. I guess that’s a good thing, right?

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  2. I’ll post a web series someday, once I can operate a video camera without ALMOST succumbing to the urge to toss it from the top floor of my apartment building. Then go downstairs & smash the remnants into fragments w / a Louisville Slugger. 🙂 I’ll borrow some of your ideas, mixed with Stephen King’s or Harlan Ellison’s.


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