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Friday, September 10, 2010

15 Minutes

I've been meaning to blog about this for awhile, but then I got side-tracked. So, here it is now. I'm sure by now you've all seen the ridiculous video of Antoine Dodson ranting about his sister getting assaulted in her house, and the intensely clever autotune remix that went viral last month. What you may not know is that Mr. Dodson has a blog in which he documents the astounding rise from absolute obscurity to national fame that he's been caught up in. The rise itself is not spectacular* in and of itself, but what is, is that Dodson has managed to create a living, breathing document of what it's like to go from nobody to somebody in a matter of a few days. He's get promotional spots, the song that his rant inspired has sold over 91,000 copies on iTunes and cracked the Hot 100 on Billboard**, and he is being stopped on the street in his hometown of Huntsville, AL, and he documents it all on his blog. One of the most interesting videos is of him going to a restaurant and all these people wanting to get their pictures with him. The strange unfolding of the modern world continues.

Andy Warhol said that in the future we would all get our fifteen minutes of fame, and for the most part he's correct, but with the internet we have come to a point in real-life celeb culture in which we can not only witness the product of overnight celebrity, but also the effects on the ONC's life. This is interesting stuff, my friends.

Here's a New York Times article about the comedy/music crew who made "The Bed Intruder Song," and the effect the song's success is having on their lives.

*Though actually turning internet success to monetary gain is little impressive.
**The Gregory Brothers, who turned Dodson's rant into the internet hit "The Bed Intruder Song" have been kind enough to split the proceeds with Dodson. Assuming a $.99 price tag for the song, that would mean that Dodson is probably making around $.40 per download. That means, as of right now, Dodson has made approx. $36K from a 30 second clip on Huntsville, Alabama's local news station. Not bad at all.