Sixth law of Robert Greene’s 48 laws of power says to court attention at any/every court, because being forgotten means death in the powergame.
Just a few days back I was having a discussion about some celebrities with a sweet friend of mine, Vishal (vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com), he was talking about the nature of some celebrities who do everything to get into limelight, the first thing that crossed my mind was this law of Greene, maybe, they too think that the public is fool? they play clown to get attention? after all, by being mocked at, taunted at they do earn notoriety if not reputation? They may not become the next rolemodel of silver screen but some one making a comedy movie may star him or her?
I have seen some writers doing exactly this, they belonged to a specific media house, which is the only known Bengali media house these days, their topic was one of two- either mocking/criticizing/scandalizing tagore or Hinduism. They did brewed storm in tea cups.
These writers had no talent, had they tried writing stories or poems no one would have bought them, or very few, or may have slipped into oblivion after one or two bestsellers, but see the power of “storm in tea cup”! after twenty years I still remember name of two of them!