OTTAWA—It was the late American artist Andy Warhol who once said, “In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes,” a phrase that seems to have underscored a universal desire to get noticed. There is no question that it is much easier in a world of 24/7 news to have one’s story told: recall the rocketing to fame of Saskatchewan gas station worker Dick Assman back in 1995 (his candle lasted four months before flickering out). Of course, some people remain famous for much longer periods of time: Elvis Presley, who died in 1977, is still everywhere, as a recent ad for yet another Elvis commemoration in a Vancouver newspaper extolled. And then there are those who are simply famous for being famous—the Kardashians are a fine example.
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