Internet Fame in the Age of Outrage

Chelsea Clinton speaking with supporters of her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at a campaign rally in Tempe, Arizona in 2016. (photo: Gage Skidmore)

America’s Most Pathetic Home Videos

It’s not funny. It’s not cute. It’s not Punk’d. Embarrassing someone in public is not going to make you rich and famous. It is not a one-way ticket to instagram influencer status and stardom. And it’s not helping.

There She is! Let’s Get Her!

New York University students Rose Asaf and Leen Dweik recently confronted a visibly-pregnant and visibly-shaken Chelsea Clinton at a memorial vigil for victims of the recent Mosque shootings in New Zealand.

Here is the real reason:

They weren’t ‘speaking truth to power’. What nonsense. It was “all about the Benjamins’”, as their favorite Congresswoman would say. And getting a million hits on youtube.

They Wanted Attention, Fame, and Money

The Rise of the Anti-Fanatic

These two female students are hardly the first to have the idea to hitch their wagon to someone else’s celebrity star; not by being a fan, that takes too long, but by being an anti-fan.

Necessary for What?

An act of social rebellion? No, it isn’t. It isn’t any more a public service act of social rebellion against the establishment than a finger-painting is the Mona Lisa.

To make a point?

You are. That is, if your point is that you are willing to embarrass yourself and anyone near you in public for a million hits on youtube.



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