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"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.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mass/serial killers: Dylan Klebold & Eric Harris

The names of these two young men--Harris 18 and Klebold 17--were on every tongue in 1999 because of the mayhem they caused in what was termed the Colubine High School massacre.

Both boys committed suicide at the end of their killing spree, which left 13 dead and 21 wounded.

The school where the spree killing took place was located in Littleton, Colorado. The attack was carried out on Adolph Hitler's birthday, and only two weeks shy of the boys' graduation.

Both boys looked quite normal, but they had somehow developed an intense hatred for many of the people around them. They got into trouble of various kinds, apparently viewing themselves as societal rejects, and experimented with bomb making.

This dreadful massacre brought painful attention to school bullying and to the violent video games so popular with American youth. Shown below are weapons used in this mass murder.

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