by liberal japonicus
I found the arrest of George Clooney and the Jason Russell 'meltdown' (the Guardian's headline, not mine, so I'm not sure if it's the best way to describe it, but I'm at a loss for any other term) an interesting juxtaposition. Jason Russell, in case you didn't know, was the head of the charity that did the viral Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army video that has been getting so much attention and it seems that the attention was too much.
I know that some often ridicule celebrities for being political, but I am coming to the opinion that one of the reasons why we want celebrities to do this is that handling attention, being in the spotlight, is something they have basically practiced.
It's been pointed out that the current currency of the realm is fame and people go to extreme lengths to get it, be it crashing White House events, claiming their child is floating off in a balloon, the list is endless. Perhaps it has always been that people want fame, and in this age of 24 hour news programs, they are just getting more exposure that in earlier times.
That was all going thru my head when I read this about the voluntary disappearance of the computer programmer known as “Why the Lucky Stiff”. Hence the question.