Study finds true fame not fleeting


Published: 4Apr2013

Reality TV stars may come and go, but a new study suggests true fame is enduring. The research finds that people who achieve real celebrity remain famous for years, making frequent appearances in newspapers over periods of decades. The work bucks the widely held notion that fame is ephemeral, a belief held both by average individuals and by those who study the sociology of fame. Eran Shor is an assistant professor of sociology at McGill University and is one of the authors of the study, which is published in the American Sociological Review.