For all those reality TV wannabes searching for fifteen minutes and indie directors searching to be the next celebrity tastemaker, you're looking to the wrong place. Michael Kinsley writes:
"Hollywood is thought to be the center of empty celebrity. But actually, of this country's three capitals (Washington for political power, Wall Street for money and Hollywood for culture), Hollywood is probably the most rigorous enforcer of fame's limits. And Wall Street is second. A movie star who stops selling tickets actually can sink into television, into commercials and ultimately into genuine obscurity. A top business figure can lose his or her job if the numbers turn south.
Washington, by contrast, is littered with has-beens, many of whom are richer, happier and maybe even more influential than when they were in elected jobs. More influential? Sure. Congressmen come running when CNN calls. CNN does not come running when one of the 435 members of the House of Representatives calls."
Just another way Richard Nixon was ahead of his time... apparently he was quite the actor in high school and college.