Monica Lewinsky: Classic case of famous for being famous
Here's what the magic Wiki says about the origin of the term "famous for being famous:"
The term originates from an analysis of the media-dominated world called The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America (1961), by historian and social theorist Daniel J. Boorstin. In it, he defined the celebrity as "a person who is known for his well-knownness". He further argued that the graphic revolution in journalism and other forms of communication had severed fame from greatness, and that this severance hastened the decay of fame into mere notoriety. Over the years, the phrase has been glossed as 'a celebrity is someone who is famous for being famous'.
Now we hear that Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern and once-up-a-time pal of President Bill Clinton, is slated to do a TED talk in late March.
Here's the kicker. Lewinsky’s talk will focus on “a safer and more compassionate social media environment, drawing from her unique experiences at the epicenter of a media maelstrom in 1998.”
In other words, she's going to give a TED talk about what it's like to be famous for being famous.
I don't care one way or the other about Ms. Lewinsky. I surely do not care what she has to say about this topic.