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A celebrity is defined as "a widely-recognized or famous person who commands a high degree of public and media attention." Some celebrities, such as actor Wil Wheaton, have used blogs as a way of communicating with their fans, while celebrity gossip sites have proliferated across the Internet.

The late Andy Warhol, pop artist and 1960s icon, once famously said, "In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes." Later, he claimed to have become bored with that statement, changing it to "In fifteen minutes everybody will be famous." Warhol was right on the money. With the proliferation of reality TV, quasi-scripted television series, and the Internet, just about anyone can be a celebrity. All you need is a catchy concept, a bit of talent, and a webcam. That fits Warhol's definition just fine.

But is anything less than bells and whistle fame a true representation of celebrity?

No one would disupte Donny Osmond is a celebrity, even if you've never heard of him. But if you've never heard of Barbara Billingsley, does that make her any less of a celebrity? Clearly, the more people who are aware of another person's existence the more likely that person is in fact a celebrity. Still, at what point does a person cease to be a celebrity and start being more of a legend in their own mind?

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