The Mechanism of Modern Fame

March 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm (By Amba)

This video of a good but routine cover band has gone viral — with good reason:  its drummer.

Now watch: how long till you see this guy on Letterman or the Late Show? I’m out of the loop so for all I know he’s already been on. This is his chance to put his kids through college if he snatches it. If he’s got more up his sleeve it could be the beginning of a career. If he’s a one-trick pony he’s still good for a commercial contract. A beer brand, maybe.

Two thoughts:

1) Andy Warhol was a prophet.  (Heh! I originally typed “profit.”)

2) Maybe this is what’s replacing work as a way to survive. YouTube as a giant, democratic audition, a do-it-yourself American Idol. We don’t get paid in samoleons or smackeroos anymore.  We get paid in eyeballs. (Eww.)



  1. mockturtle said,

    It looks that way. So…instead of wasting your time trying to get hired as a copy editor, you should get a gig as a pole dancer, put it on YouTube and you’ll be set for life.

  2. Ron said,

    We’re All Lap Dancers in the Gentleman’s Club of Life.

  3. wj said,

    Eeww! Ron, that is really, really bad!

  4. karen said,

    It reminded me of every bar i’d ever been in- but, i liked it-then and now:0).

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