Posted on | May 16, 2013 | 13 Comments
Ace of Spades has at times discussed the bizarre delusion of becoming “blog-famous,” as if someone with a blog could get a double mastectomy and thereby enjoy fame equivalent to being Angelina Jolie who is (you may have noticed) a Hollywood movie star.
Hollywood movie stars are famous, by definition.
A blogger who became a Hollywood movie star would also be famous — not for blogging, but for starring in movies.
TV defines fame. People on TV are legitimately famous. That’s it. Nothing else counts. So the notion that your blogging will make you a celebrity is a delusion. Famous people on TV may have blogs, but it isn’t the blogging that does it, it’s the being-on-TV thing.
Successful is one thing, famous is another, and it’s important to keep the difference between those concepts clear in your mind.
This is not a random meta-philosophical musing, but is instead inspired by the phrase “Internet celebrity” in a headline:
A desire to be famous as “Kai the hatchet wielding hitchhiker” — gosh, I don’t know, maybe it’s a sign you’ve got problems. Or something.