Celebrity

What is this thing, celebrity?

One thing that can be stated about celebrity without a doubt is that the use of the word in books currently is at 50% of it’s peak during the first half of the 19th century with an upward trajectory: [Google Ngram Viewer — use of celebrity in english books between 1700 and 2008](https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=celebrity&case_insensitive=on&year_start=1700&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=7&share=&direct_url=t4%3B%2Ccelebrity%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bcelebrity%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BCelebrity%3B%2Cc0#t4%3B%2Ccelebrity%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bcelebrity%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BCelebrity%3B%2Cc0)

And this is what [wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebrity) has to say: A celebrity is a person, who has a prominent profile in day-to-day media and because of this commands some degree of public fascination and influence. A celebrity is usually expected to be wealthy (commonly denoted as a person with fame and fortune), implied with great popular appeal, prominence in a particular field, and is easily recognized by the general public.

If we accept the above definition and assume that the rise of the use of the word celebrity correlates with a stronger presence of celebrity in our culture, this results in an even stronger responsibility carried by those who are famous.
We should hold them accountable for acting responsibly as their actions directly or indirectly have an impact on the shape of our lives by shaping the way their followers see the world and interact with it.

I’d love to see someone put up a platform that knows the responsibility score of any living celebrity. Probably a facebook-app is a good starting point. 
Please let me know if you do.

Thomas Schindler