Ancient rock music celebrity Phil Spector:
Ragga jungle DJ free mp3-sharer Aaron Spectre (Air Inspector):
Modern self celebrity vlogger Cutiemish:
A friend of mine, who has recently turned against me, made a clever statement a while back. When I asked him where all this computer technology is headed, in reference specifically to internet radio, podcasts, videocasting, and blogs, Chillroom said: "It's the End of Stardom".
That's it: The Death of Celebrity Status.
Why? Why no more hero worship in the entertainment arena? Why no more throwing our souls to the lions of manipulation and media hysteria? Because we can make our own entertainment and information now.
EXAMPLE: Post Secret, the blog that became a book. He let the users create ALL the content. These are not actors or rock stars. These are the secret confessions of average, typical, everyday people. Before the blog revolution, this type of product could not exist, aside from something like Art Linkletter's Kids Say the Darnedest Things.
Consumers, customers, users now have the tools and networks to create, edit, publish, netcast, archive, promote, and distribute content. It's the Technological Do It Yourself Generation biting at your ankles, soon to appear in your face. We don't need the old media and its bloated empty hero worship circus.
User-Generated Content: not just for tavern bathroom walls anymore!
For Users, By Users, Through Users, To Users.
Users are now having massive input into the design, functionality, usability, deliverabililty, frequency, and content of all products. Customized, tailor-made, individually accommodated. Now the "command-and-control" menu is in our hands. We rule over anarchy and tyranny. We the People...Forever.
Christina Kerley reminded me that somewhere in this blog, I spoke of Self as Star.
"Self as Star" was in reference to how the new multi hyper media revolution, and the universal content utopia, are causing the End of Stardom as dominated by rock stars, authors, actors, actresses, celebrities prancing around vaingloriously, tepidly manufactured for our bitter consumption.
Now we the people either make our own or get it from other ordinary people. We don't need no more stinking celebrities. An A List in the blogosphere is like a Rule Book in an anarchy. We celebrate and glamorize the Individual, you and me, as Independent Entities of Power and Presige.
One blog is just as valid as any other blog. Each voice on a level communications playing field. No hierarchy. No elevated status.
No more "we do it and you buy it and consume it".
Now it's "I do it and I share it freely with others."
Technology has become so simple, easy, pervasive and inexpensive, we can now make our own electronic music, films, radio shows, television stations, books, etc. via blogs, podcasts, videocasts, etc.
Universal Content Utopia: Any Content. Any Format. Any Amount. Any Time. Any Where.
So the Self supplants the Celebrity, who was always already worthless and bloated anyway.
Death of Celebrity Status due to the democratization of web content. The rise of individual voice against the MSM info hegemony. As the commercialized, over-hyped Star System declines, we witness the Rise of Everyone.
Behold the Anti-Star, Enter the Self!
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