You’re Not *that* Important

Frustrated celebs get back on Twitter thanks to donation from Stewart Rahr –

As evidenced in the above linked story, celebrity is what we have always really known, but hesitated to acknowledge. Celebrity is ephemeral, and those who occupy the spotlight do so for only a short time. Out of sight, out of mind.

Unfortunately for these celebrities, and for us; this lesson won’t take.

People like Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Usher, and Ryan Seacrest will continue to stay in the gossip columns, and people will continue to sponsor the media that reports their “stories”.

Each of the above named persons at least makes a contribution to society in some form of a product. Certain music or media may be short-lived, but it can at least be quantified.

On the other hand, people like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, are famous simply for being famous.

As mentioned in the story, in the case of Kim Kardashian, she actually nets $10,000 per tweet, and with being away from the twitter-sphere for nearly a week, she was probably losing about $100,000 per day of her absence. Take stock of that for just a moment. You work 8 hours a day, 5 (or more) days a week, 52 weeks a year, and you make less than what Kim Kardashian makes in one day’s worth of tweets. A tweet is limited to 140 characters–not words–characters. The average length of a word in the English language has been calculated to be 5.1 characters. So for typing less than 275 words–about the length of this post up to this point–Kim Kardashian makes $100,000.

Maybe, *just* maybe, it’s time to rethink what is of true importance in life. Realizing that if you don’t read *that* story about whats-his-name or whats-her-face, that this monstrosity that we call celebrity might die. Focusing a little (or a lot) less on them and focusing more on this or this or this might make the world a better place.

We can only hope.

–the civil commentator


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