Fifteen Minutes of Fame
In 1968, artist Andy Warhol said: "In the future everyone will be world famous for fifteen minutes." That's become a cliche, but I want to take it straight. Back then, the world population was about 3.5 billion. Now it's almost 6.3 billion, so do we only get
15 x 3.5 / 6.3= 8.3 minutes of fame? Offhand, there's only time for 365.25 x 24 x 60 / 15= 35,064 people a year to get their 15 minutes. Make any assumptions you want about fame and population, but spell it out and show your work How much fame can we really expect? Does the DMS Talent Show count?
Here's a simple questionnaire about fame that I'll give to my students at school. You can also do this here on the Web if you have email support on your computer or network. This is a primative email form, and you may get an ugly message from Outlook; but I think it's harmless.
Did Andy Warhol really say that? Where and when?
What else is slipping away as the world population grows?
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