About this Blog

"In the future everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes." So said the bleached-out, late lamented artist Andy Warhol. Having lived and worked in New York City, Warhol came to fully grasp the hold celebrity has on us. In this very famous sentence, he meant to point out that in a culture fixated on fame, many people will suddenly flash brightly onto the public screen, then--poof--will just as quickly disappear from public view--like shooting stars. Other individuals derive their celebrity from one stellar accomplishment (one hit song, one iconic role, etc.) that they never again match.

This blog is devoted to the one part of our celebrity culture that no one has written much about: temporary/one-shot celebrities.

The pace of modern life has quickened, and now we hear people speaking of someone's 15 seconds of fame. These "celebrities with a lower-case c" who will appear in this blog sometimes come to us from the world of entertainment, sometimes from the world of news. All are fascinating.

The need of our communications media for a continual stream of new material assures that we will have no end of colorful people who go quickly, where celebrity is concerned, from zero to hero (or villain) and back to zero. Now you see 'em, now you don't. What a crazy world, eh?

Temporary celebrities coming from the world of entertainment include one-hit recording artists; TV and movie icons who, although they might have had a great many accomplishments in their career, are remembered for one big role; standouts of reality TV; sports figures remembered for one remarkable accomplishment; and people whose celebrity came from one big role in a commercial or print ad.

News-based temporary celebrities come in many forms: mass/serial killers, other murderers of special note, sex-crime offenders, disgraced figures of government/military/business/media/religion, spies/traitors, hoaxers, femmes/hommes fatale, heroes, whistle blowers, inventors/innovators, and victims.

Celebrity Blogsburg will consider each category in turn.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Victim Valerie Plame

In July 2003, beautiful, accomplished CIA undercover operative Valerie Plame was outed publicly and fell victim to the cutthroat dishonesty of the George W. Bush administration.

It appears clear that the Valerie Plame was not the actual target of the administration's wrath. The real target was her husband, former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV. Wilson had been sent to Iraq to access the situation there prior to the ill-considered and botched U.S. invasion of that country. His findings did not mesh with what the administration wanted to hear, and members of the Bush administration at the highest levels released information to a favored columnist, Robert Novak, that revealed Plame as a CIA undercover agent.

The couple brought a civil suit against Vice President Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, but the suit was dismissed by a judge.

Regardless of how one feels about the work of the CIA, it must be allowed that to "out" a secret agent for purely political reasons is not good policy. In a frightened and ill-informed America, however, the administration was allowed to get away with this and many other abuses of power.

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