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The fame tables have turned

2010-06-18 09:53

You used to have to be famous to get onto TV. Now you're famous for nothing more than being on TV.

It's a rather unhealthy, co-dependent relationship. Even if you're the world's most talented teenager, no one's going to care unless they see you in gossip rags, on TV, or on the web snorting coke while flashing your panties (or lack of them). And if you're not willing to stoop, there are many, MANY who are, just for that little fix of 'fame'.

Do we want to see it? Of course we do! How else do you explain the success of shows like The Hills, Girls of The Playboy Mansion, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, even American Idol? Does Ryan Seacrest have any discernable talent? No, but we watch him anyway for three months EVERY year. He's the brother you never wanted, and now he won't move out.

How many times have you heard the phrase "Well they can't be that important/famous/big/great if I've never heard of them"? Alright, you all-knowing, media-scouring shining eye, let's see who you have heard of and how important they REALLY are. That's the thing – the people we're constantly bombarded with aren't famous, great or big (except for Kim's rear end, and we love it).

They're just ripe for the picking. Gone are the days of hunting for that elusive star's one-on-one interview. Miley's crotch-pit and Kourtney Kardashian giving birth are just so much more salable. Eat it up, folks, you asked for it.
You used to have to be famous to get onto TV. Now you're famous for nothing more than being on TV.

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