Salam Pax’s book version of his blog is even being translated into Norwegian. It’s right at the bottom of Gyldendal’s spring list. Last week I was told that while the internet might harbour an alternate public sphere, fame created on the internet doesn’t translate into real world fame, as real world fame translates into internet fame. How about Salam Pax, I said. Sure, he’s not on the front page of many newspapers. But he first got famous on the internet, and is now part of the traditional public sphere. I don’t think people who really use the net see it as particularly separate to offline media and life. The separatist view is the newbie’s view, “cyberspace”, separate, weird, exciting and dangerous.

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  1. Mark Bernstein

    Regarding ” fame created on the internet doesn’t translate into real world fame”, a test: name former governors of Vermont.

    It’s like saying that Internet income isn’t like old money. You can believe this, but all the dollar bills look the same to me.

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