It seems today that everyone is infatuated with fame. Everyone wants to be famous. Fame is glamorized, it is flaunted, and with things like reality TV and YouTube that make it so easy to get your 15 minutes of fame it seems that anyone can be famous. But what is fame? The definition of fame found in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is simply “public estimation” and “popular acclaim” those referring to a person reputation and renown. Being famous on the other hand is defined as being “widely known” or “honored for achievement.” So what is the difference? Is there a difference? I would say there is. In this blog I will be discussing to very different individuals in an approach to show the difference between having fame and being famous. The first person that I will be discussing is Rebecca Black, a young girl who has fame, but is not famous. Most people would probably not be able to identify her from this picture alone. In fact, most people probably don’t even know who she is. On the other hand, there is a small percentage of the population that will be able to tell you exactly who she is and why they know her.Rebecca released this music (if you call it that) video on the internet and it went viral.
She was the talk of the nation for about 2-3 days; a week at the most before she faded away. Over the duration of time that the craze created by this video lasted everyone was talking about her. Her fame was short lived though as her video became old news and people lost interest in her. That is an example of fame. The next person that I want to talk about is rapper Christopher Wallace. Christopher was better known by his many stage names which included Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G., and simply “Biggie.” The image seen here is a painting of Biggie by artist Timothy Teruo Watters entitled “Ready to Die.” (To view his full collection of artwork click here.) This is a person that is famous. Even in death Biggie is still one of the most popular rappers known. He is consistently listed as one of the top five rappers of all-time. Even people who don’t listen to rap will probably be able to tell you who Biggie Smalls is. It is this type of fame, that which breaks barriers and reaches across nations, cultures, and races that truly makes someone famous. When this type of fame is achieved a person’s memory and their story will live on long after they have met death.