Monthly Archives: April 2009

Britain's Got Talent + YouTube = Instant Stardom!

Susan Boyle was just another mere mortal from Scotland until her five minute spotlight in Britain’s Got Talent catapulted her into the league of the rich and famous. Well, she might not be rich as yet but she already is famous for sure. I googled her name and there already 2110 news items related to her. The NYTimes, BBC, People Magazine et. al have something or the other to say about her and the I hear talk show hosts are going all out to get her on their shows. She was on the front-page of CNN.com!!

In just 7 days Susan Boyle has gone from the girl who’s never been kissed to the princess that a lot of men are dying to kiss. If you haven’t already, you must see her video(watch it completely). Not only did she deliver a performance of a life time, she did in style and in sheer defiance of the audience and judges who laughed at her before she started and were on their feet giving her a standing ovation by the time she was done. Amazing.

There is no doubt in my mind that Susan owes quite a bit of her claim to fame to Youtube. Had it not be for the zillion youtube views, Susan probably would have awed the Talent Show audience but would never have unlocked the doors to stardom. I am simply blown away by the power it endows to individuals, may they be ones with talent of ones with a cause.

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Man with a million followers

Aston Kutcher pipped CNN to the 1 million twitter followers mark. I am not quite sure what to make of this. He even has about a 40% greater following on twitter than the President of the United States.

In other words, more people are interested in knowing what Ashton Kutcher is upto or has to say than Barrack Obama. I wonder why that is, especially given the fact the what Ashton Kutcher does might not impact their lives whereas what Obama does can make or break the future of their country and eventually their lives. Or am I just missing the point completely in that twitterers are getting enough of Obama from elsewhere and therefore don’t find it necessary to follow him on twitter.

What’s your take?

Give me a break!!

I don’t get it. I’ve heard several of my friends and countless blog posts being very cynical about the reason why people all over the world loved the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Why are these people hell bent on convincing themselves and others that fans of the movie are sadists who thoroughly enjoyed themselves mocking the pitiable plight of poverty stricken Indians.

If the movie won the highest honors in film making because the sadists loved it then God help the world. I mean cmon, Do these people really believe that the movie was loved because of the slum children jumping in shit??

Clearly these peopel are ashamed to their bones of accepting the dark side of our country. Yes, we’ve made strides in the upward direction and yes we are making progress every second of every day but that doesn’t mean the dark side no longer exits. It very much does and unless we acknowledge it and do something about it, it’s not going to go away. Shoving it under the sheets will only make it worse.

People: Grow Up!! Learn how to accede to reality humbly and acknowledge kudos gracefully.