15 Minutes Of Fame
Andy Warhol famously opined that everyone would eventually experience their own "15 minutes" of fame. Little did he know that, like a drug, having once experienced 15 minutes of fame, many people would become addicted. And with the growth of 24/7 news cycles, many others would go to desperate lengths to achieve their own 15 minutes of fame, by any means.
Take Yale student, Aliza Schvarts, who is currently enjoying her very own 15 minutes, reveling in the controversy sparked by her desperate bid for relevance. She concocted an art project guaranteed to shock an already shell-shocked nation. No mean feat. And it worked. It trumped the video-taped beatings of children posted on the net by other children. It trumped public non-sex performed by teen tramps on their willing boyfriends (?) and even beat out the nude pics those same teen tramps circulated on the net in hopes of becoming as famous as Britney.
Those kids might want to take a lesson from a cool college girl. They've been moved to page 18, while Aliza Schvarts hogs the national spotlight. Her accomplishment? She devised an 'art project' which involved supposedly inseminating herself with random sperm via a turkey baster. She then took various herbs, which she labeled 'abortion inducing' and included a video of herself bleeding in her bathtub, with what she claimed was post-abortion blood. She then sent out a press release and sat back to enjoy the fruits of her provocative, scientific masterpiece.
That this project was a giant hoax is not relevant. What matters is that Aliza is convinced she has sparked a national debate on the link between art and the human body, a vital issue. She is now "someone."
Unfortunately, Aliza has to share the spotlight with another university student, who also had the ingenuity to label his own assault on propriety as "art". This zany student decided ..