There used to be a society rule that the name of a respectable person was only supposed to appear in print three times: birth, marriage and death.
When did the norm become the exact opposite?
Why have we become a society that longs to be known? Was it sometime in the sixties, when Andy Warhol stated that everyone has “fifteen minutes of fame”, or did Warhol just understand where society was headed?
Was is it about fame that makes many crave it so intensely?
Do we just want to do something so wonderful that we deserve to be celebrated? Do we want to win a big award, Oscar, Nobel, Pulitzer? Do we want to be recognized as outstanding in our field? I understand this perception: we spend twenty years studying some arcane physics principal, it’s proven correct, and suddenly we’re in Stockholm wearing fancy dress and bowing to the king. You want to be recognized for your hard work and contribution to society. To be fair though, I don’t know how many people know the names of any Nobel laureates, while many have probably heard of Oscar winners….
But what about other ways of seeking fame?
It’s been noted that some serial killers actually thrived on the press that they received. They wanted to have their monikers in bold on the front of the tabloids. Notorious strangler Dennis Rader actually gave himself the nickname “BTK”. Maybe it wasn’t his real name, but he was pretty proud to have it bandied about… I guess you could say they were trying to be recognized for work in their field, but really….Why?
What about people who push the boundaries? YouTube personality Logan Paul made headlines when he went to a spot known for suicides and actually filmed a body. He did it so that he would get publicity for his channel. Any publicity is good publicity, right? Luckily, he was called out for his antics, and issued an apology for his behavior. But the damage was already done. He did something disrespectful in the name of fame, which is just sad and horrible. Unfortunately, he probably became a hero to some. I’m sure there are people who think this is just fine, and are probably thinking what they could do to top that.
How about people that actually risk death and serious injury by performing stupid stunts for their channels? The theory being that if they do something incredibly stupid or risky, people will watch. People will know who they are. And really, isn’t that what’s most important?
Why have we become so insecure that we think people have to know who we are in order for us to matter?
When did our self worth as individuals become tied into how others view us?
Please like me.
Even if you don’t like me, hit the button so I know that I’m liked on social media. Because of everyone else thinks I’m OK, then all is good with the world. Doesn’t matter if I don’t like myself because I got 500 likes on my post…
You must continue to feed the fire of fame. Society has the attention span of a gnat. You have to get your name out there again and again and again. Your name only in print three times in your life? What? That’s crazy.
Selfies. Tags. Photo bombs. Wave at the TV camera when you’re in the crowd.
Fame is acceptance.
Your name in print means you exist.
We need to prove to ourselves that we exist.