Andy Warhol was a public figure that was noticed by a vast majority of the world. Not only did he get noticed for what he was formerly known for, being a celebrated pop-artist, focusing on everyday objects such as the Campbell soup can, but his acquisition of fame happened notably towards the end of his career, his fascination for things and people that were popular for example the Coca-Cola bottle or Marilyn Monroe became apparent in the early stages of his artistic practise. His subject matter frequently focused on things that were well known in the public sphere. And this can be seen throughout his whole career
As Andy Warhol predicted, people who have done nothing more than lip-sync in front of a webcam seem to feel entitled to their fifteen minutes. Fame has always been something to aspire to be and admire, but very rarely to achieve. The whole point was that not everyone could do it. It meant more than having your picture taken on a red carpet. It took more than sitting around gossiping with your friends in front of a video camera. And yet, it seems that this is what fame means now. But, in this world, where anyone can become famous for the slightest or most random act, how can fame mean anything at all?
People gained fame because they had unusual talent, determination, charm, intelligence, or at least savvy. Even people who wanted fame for its own sake, had to do something to earn it. With the rise of new media, our admiration of talent and dedication is fading along with our capacity to appreciate a well-crafted performance. Now we just pay attention to whomever makes the most noise until someone else drowns them out. Mass media truly does represent the mass that just about everyone is on Facebook and just about anyone owns a smart phone.
Of course there have always been one-hit wonders, flash-in-the-pan starlets, and child stars that disappeared after they hit puberty. But most of them made some kind of positive contribution to the entertainment world while they had their moments, whether it was a fun, catchy song or a movie that made people happy. Many were part of a larger pop culture that had its day and faded.
The Political In Andy Warhol’s Life and Work
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