Famous for 15 Minutes

Andy Warhol/Image courtesy of Pixabay
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Opinion

By Greg C. Truax

“In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.”

That famous quote by the late Andy Warhol was back in 1968. It was a prescient observation. With the rise of social media, anyone today can have a moment of fame.

Just go to your Facebook page and view self-portraits, called selfies.

Warhol’s pop art style was actually the precursor of today’s selfie. In 1963, he turned a photo booth camera lens on himself and produced black and white images on a photo strip.

The pop artist remains top of mind. There’s a play, a Netflix show and the upcoming auction of a Marilyn Monroe painting. The artist’s understanding of branding and celebrity is why decades later he remains culturally relevant as today’s social media influencers who garner millions of likes.

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Greg C. Truax is a documentary filmmaker, news commentator and publisher of AliveTampaBay.

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