Wading through a river of blog posts. Yay. This one’s short though. Or so I thought. Yeah.

During a little romp through Encyclopedia Dramatica (look it up ONLY if you have a…well, flexible sense of humor like mine; that site is horribly offensive, but I still find it funny at times. I have a strange, wicked sense of humor, yep) I stumbled upon their list of people they deem as having the, well, “small name big ego” in the realm of the intarwebz. These are the people who have a grossly oversized view of their own importance in the eyes of the notoriously irreverent people of ED. That, or these netizens have committed a series of controversial blunders like…well, whining incessantly about something or claiming originality when their work’s glaringly obvious fake. I guess ED is part of the Internet’s strange and skewed karma system or something. Since this is a site which strives to offend as many people as they can, ED’s articles aren’t very kind to their subjects.

For all the bad-mouthing these online people received, I realized: but hey, these people are famous. Well, maybe for the wrong reasons and not the equivalent of Lady Gaga’s level of fame, but not everyone could have articles written about them by other people. Their usernames wouldn’t be known if a bunch of others hadn’t spied on these infamous events involving them. Still, while there may be other sources of information (like their own social media accounts), having an article like this – complete with screencap – still means something to the reputation of these people. I guess one can be famous and infamous at the same time.

So what’s up? I guess it’s simply about the Internet being the Fame Machine of our times: well, a Fame Machine of both the ‘loved’ and ‘cursed’ kind. Many of us dream of fame, and the path of being atop a pedestal has become easier to us with the coming of the blessed Internet. It has become easier to become a superstar, and while not everyone online could become your fan, you could probably garner a band of followers with enough diligence. And of course, for every fandom, there’s a hatedom, and the hatedom can use the internet against you too. The reasons why people would have vitriolic online articles against them vary, and I guess that’s the danger: for every runaway success there appears to be a hundred different ways to snuff out that success. It’s just like in real life: one statement taken out of context can birth a lawsuit or a scandal. It’s even harder to control online though, with all that unregulated vastness, increasingly easier ways to get oneself heard and the speed of information exchange. The public – real life and online – is very fickle, frequently changing tastes and sides. One little quip done yesterday would be ignored, but the same quip done today could probably launch a raging flame war. Certain issues die down; some live to become memes and inside jokes. The rep you get online could save you or smear your name forever, which only proves how the Internet has integrated itself into our society.

For me though…I desire a quiet life. To quote a classmate, I’m a simple girl with a simple dream.

Yeah, I can almost see you guys rolling your eyes.

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