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, September 30, 2009

Disgraced political figure Jack Ryan

Illinois Republican Jack Ryan seemed to have it all: Ivy League credentials, with both MBA and JD from Harvard,train loads of money from his work as an investment banker, and a striking personal appearance.

In 2004, however, he dropped out of his campaign for the U.S. Senate after reports began circulating about allegations that he and his former wife had frequented sex clubs.

Ryan and actress Jeri Ryan had married in 1991 but divorced in 1999. In 2004, Ryan's political opponent demanded that Ryan's divorce and custody records be made public. When the records were released, Ryan's political goose was cooked.

Most political higher-ups who get into zipper trouble have done so by having clandestine sex with women other than their own wives. Ryan's problems, oddly, stemmed from public sex involving his own wife. But then, it's a pretty complicated world out there.

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