There are approximately a dozen ways to perceive Julia Allison. Nick chooses one of the decent ones and runs with it in Gawker.
I missed this entire thing, and skimming Gawker and her site hasn't really enlightened me much. I don't see the big deal--she's a famous-for-being-famous person living her life in public? How is this different from at least one type of pre-web 2.0 celebrity?
posted by Jake at 10:32 PM on January 3, 2008
That's pretty much exactly Nick's point.
Gawker basically made Julia famous. I suspect Denton was influenced by reality tv's ability to make nobodies into somebodies. And if you create a celebrity, you will always be remembered as the one who did so.
posted by Rex at 10:58 PM on January 3, 2008
I thought his point was more like "she's no worse than plenty of other internet circus freaks"--although I guess either way, it's preferable to singling her out for being a little more straightforward about pursuing fame.
posted by Jake at 11:43 PM on January 3, 2008
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