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The theory about "The Updraft," which I preach constantly here, is contingent on a couple of things. But I don't want to get ahead of myself. Let's go back and rexamine what "The Updraft" is all about.



If you want to become a superstar, it's easy once you know the secrets of "The Updraft." All you have to do is find something that makes you "noticible." Are you able to sing modestly well, but also look great in a thong and stilletos? Are you a force to be reckoned with?

Who was the first beneficiary of "The Updraft?" Hard to say, really. Jesus Christ? Mohammad? Joseph? Daniel? Moses? Samson? Well, these were guys who would qualify by definition!

"The Updraft" really relies on people finding you fascinating. As such, you have to continually do fascinating things, every so often. This could be a problem, if you really aren't fascinating. In cases like that, you have to "manufacture" fascination, either by doing things that viewers don't expect or by going into hiding, where no one can see.

The latter is a losing game, because once you're off the radar screen of most people, you tend to be forgotten. And with so many wannabes out there, that's not the way most who want to stay in the limelight would go.

So, eventually, if your album isn't doing so well, or if you need a quick fix of the high of media attention, just do something newsworthy. Get married. Or pretend you're going to get married, and then don't.

The question is... what makes the general public care? Are people's lives so devoid of interest that they have to turn to tabloid television for this... whatever "this" is? I'm not knocking celebs directly. Everyone has to make money somehow. But, it just seems that the manipulation of the media based on who is "hot," is helping buoy certain people and allowing them to get away with more nonsense than should be permitted.

"The Updraft" is a lovely breeze; it will lift you whether you are good or bad, right or wrong. Once you get caught in The Updraft, you don't want to come back down. And unless you royally screw it up, you generally don't have to, if you know what you're doing. And sometimes, you don't even if you don't know what you're doing!

Even if you do fall out of The Updraft, you could, at some later point, get back into it and rise even higher than you did before. John Travolta is an example of that.

Still, this all comes back to people. People are starting to grasp The Updraft concept. People want to find ways to force themselves into a permanent updraft. Madonna seems to be one who is doing that. It will be interesting to see what happens in that test case.

Meanwhile, we have a ton of celeb trials coming up this year: a severe test of The Updraft's powers of support for the accused. Will the rhetoric spewed support these stars and give them a gentle let down, or will the hot air evaporate causing them to come crashing?

Time will tell.

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hermansgold
Jan. 4th, 2004 11:43 pm (UTC)
And I - ever the silent follower of the more noteable drafters - was hoping you'd publish a list of the top ten most egregious examples.

Kidding aside, I like this updraft concept.
enoelie
Jan. 6th, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC)
For the "people" who jerk around marriage... grrr... no wonder *everyone* I talk to seems to think of it as one big joke TO BE AVOIDED! Look at what it's come down to... a way to say "look at me! I am wild and crazy and don't what the hell I'm doing! WHEEEEEEEE!"
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