You know what’s been on my mind lately? FAME.
Back in the 80s it was about a performing arts school filled with students brimming with dreams of stardom!! Of course, with a lot more running and fighting and romance! And crying, apparently.
If there’s one thing that Korean men aren’t ashamed about, it’s about having a good, manly cry. You even see glimpses of it in the teaser, the close-up shots of Tacyeon with his eyes about the runneth over in tears.
Has anyone over the age of 25 started watching it? Is it utterly, deliciously ridiculous? Is it so bad it’s good? Is it so good it’s bad? Is it silly for someone to get attached to a high school drama about fame when high school for that person was, like, soooooooo 10 years ago??
Speaking of fame, is it just me, or are we entering a new era?
To give an example… when I used to hang around some musicians a while back, I was surprised to find how many of them weren’t really doing their thing “for the music” but “to get famous.”
And they made it seem real noble, too. One guy just kinda sighed, all wistful, saying that he prayed that he could get famous so that he could help the world the way Michael Jackson did.
AND HE WAS TOTALLY SERIOUS!!!
Maybe not the most talented dude I ever met, but he sure was earnest. As are a lot of other people — hoping to get famous for money, to get famous to bring light to a certain cause, to get famous to “change things.”
And all the while, in my head I’m thinking, “Why not just get famous to get famous? Isn’t that more honest?”
I mean, if you want to help people, why not just help people? Why do you have to become famous in order to help people?
Wouldn’t that be more productive?
Hey, and if you’re just doing your thing and just HAPPEN to get famous (a rare and admirable thing, indeed), all the more power to you. But even then, remember what you were doing and why you were doing it before the fame. It’ll save you an awful lot of headaches, I’m sure.
It’s funny. Seems like up until around the 80s or 90s, it was all about the money. And now it seems a lot of folks are eschewing dreams of money for fame… in hopes that fame will help them see the money roll in.
But fame isn’t money. So there is no guarantee that it’ll bring the money in.
I think of the slew of vloggers out there — some are super talented and interesting, and even fewer have some deals going on, like Michelle Phan with Lancome and IQQU and Natalie Tran with Lonely Planet — which, by the way, is actually a really well-done collaboration.
With Facebook, blogs, vlogs — it seems as though there are a whole lot more people wanting an audience. (Hey, I won’t lie, it does feel nice when this blog gets a new comment every now and then!) Now, this gets my nerdy, psychoanalytical self ask why we’re moving into this transition.
The drive for money was understandable — it’s material security, it enables one (idealistically) to free oneself from the bondages of a 9-5 job once one retires. It ensures some means of survival, as well as investment in future generations.
This drive for an audience, for fame… more than adoration (for your audience doesn’t always adore you), it’s about attention, isn’t it?
Now, in psychoanalysis, there is no good or bad. It’s about understanding impulses and drives. Needs are created because a desire cannot be satiated.
So if so many people, waves upon waves of people, are seeking attention, what is it in the psyche that isn’t being satiated on an emotional or intellectual level?
Just an honest question! No judging, just curiosity.
It’s almost as though people are afraid that without attention, they won’t exist.
And some can argue it’s the advent of reality TV, celebrity gossip and social networking sites — but without the initial need or impulse, there would be no response to any of these things. If people aren’t interested, they won’t watch or participate.
ANYWAY, that’s my random, nerdy tangent for the day.
DREAM HIGH!!! I’m waiting until it ends to download the entire season. If anyone’s watched it, let me know if it’s worth it, cuz the first episode does look awfully campy. Even for a remake of FAME.
Love and tacos,