Let's examine a website that offers an opportunity for a claim to fame; that's soon to be infamous itself! It appears the Farewell My Sanity Labs site already has three members that have paid to become famous. Who's next?
The site creator, Andrey Zakharyan, a stockbroker by trade, proclaims to despise seriousness. Yet - in all seriousness, proposes somewhat-of a social experiment to sell 999 member profiles at the rate of $1,000 to be featured on the site. To add, these virtual identity spaces come complimentary with one personal QR-code silk-screened on a backpack that is shaped into a pink leather cat, hence the name "The Cat". The QR-code directly links to the members profile on the site. "Wait! What?! Wow!" I'm sure; will be your exact sentiments after reading the aforementioned because it was surely mine after reviewing the peculiar website.
Membership exclusivity isn't a new idea. Many great organizations and websites started off only offering inclusion to a select group of people. Such as, Facebook which started as an exclusive online community for ivy league students. Then turned into a public utility for members to share their personal information with thousands of virtually connected friends. Some people may feel a need to be of an elite status, thus, they join societies or communities with limited members. While others may want to be accepted by members in a more vast forum, that's open to the public, to grapple at the little attention they get. But, what if you could have both? Then how important would being set apart mean to you?
Forget about fifteen minutes! If one could purchase an indefinite amount of fame in the largest venue of his/her choice and the opportunity was at an affordable price - the question wouldn't be would he or she jump at the opportunity, it would be how quick would he or she? The answer is you would probably jump faster than Lolo Jones, in the Beijing Olympics! Especially, if there were a limited amount of time to do so. I must say I am also a bit intrigued by the idea of having an opportunity to instantly purchase my own fame. I presume 'obscurity' is a word used by those who would fear the unknown. I fear nothing. And if anything, seriousness isn't taken too seriously by me either so I guess I would be the perfect elitist member for this dot com. With that being said, maybe I'll be next to acquire "The Cat" and an exclusive cop-a-spot on the site. Or, maybe there will be another more competitive elitist that beats me to it. To date, it looks like there are 996 profiles left for the taking. I doubt they will be available much longer.