August 18, 2010
The late pop artist Andy Warhol, a bit of a nut job himself—perhaps most famous for his painting of a can of Campbell's soup—said that one day everyone would have 15 minutes of fame. Andy knew a little about popular notoriety and no-doubt accurately touched on something in the American psyche that absolutely worships fame. Fame at any cost. Fame for any reason.
Gossip shows and tabloids make tons of money reporting on the notorious and then glory in their downfall. The major television and cable networks make a hefty contribution to the phenomenon as do magazines and the Internet.