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01 May 2013

A Pretty Face Will "Almost Always" Beat Stephen Hawking?

Graphic by Rob San Miguel
You heard it before. It is not the message. It is the messenger. It is not what is said but who said it, and I dare say, how attractive and nonthreatening the speaker is. None is this more evident than in YouTube. Yes, the channel for everyone, a medium where anyone can become a star.  YouTube is testing Andy Warhol’s quintessential statement for the age of pop culture, “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” Oops, I went intellectual there for a moment, pardon me.

The reason I wrote this piece is that I noticed that no matter how important your message is, it does not have much weight unless you have a pretty face delivering the message. In fact, a pretty or handsome face can say the most mundane thing and it can reel in millions of viewers. It is basic psychology, an attractive face repels negativity.

This morning I looked in the mirror and realized that no matter what I say, I will never beat a handsome face with fair skin, a pair of green or blue eyes.  It is a relief and so I decided to go to the market and buy some orange sweet potatoes instead.  The saying in the Philippines is “plant sweet potato instead,” but I do not have a space to plant anything in my Third World house so the next best thing is to buy. Sweet potatoes, especially the orange variety is good for your health. F.Y.I. I have zero subscriber to my YouTube channel. Point noted.



David Weinberger or Scottish artist Momus (depending on who you believe) said, "on the Web, everyone will be famous to fifteen people.”1 This statement is a reworking of Andy Warhol’s famous 1968 statement, “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” As a blogger, I can vouch to Momus or Weinberger’s statement.  With so many bloggers, tweeters, instagram-ers and Facebook-ers, how can you keep up?  How can we expect to be noticed in the ocean of witty one-liners and attention grabbing posts and pictures?  It is nice to get attention but eventually, someone has to leave the spotlight and sit on a chair and be the audience. If everyone is on stage, who is watching? On my part, I am happy to have my fifteen people. You know who you are. Wink! (By Rob San Miguel)


1 "15 Minute of Fame,”  accessed 04/03/2007

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