But is this infatuation with fame truly so wrong as

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But is this infatuation with fame truly so wrong as Chaudhry makes it seem? I be- lieve it is not. Fame for many means an escape, a way to express yourself in a very re-
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warding manner. I have found the urge of fame as an escape from things that not many people go through. In Chaudhry’s essay he mentions a girl named Britney Jo who said “I wanna be famous because I would love it more than anything .... Sometimes I cry at night wishing and praying for a better life to be famous .... To be like the others someday too! Because I know that I can do it!”. In Britney Jo’s case her desire for fame is with all the similar intentions as I once had. In my life my desire of fame was more for living a better life. I was tired of watching many of my friends with the most technologically ad- vanced games, and brand new clothing that was in style. It never dealt with the fact of becoming a public image but my mind was set on getting out of my poorly maintained building and living a more comfortable life, and the easiest way to achieve this seemed to be through fame. Fame brought money and money is a language understood univer- sally. Almost anything can be bought with money. Although they say money can not buy happiness, which is true, however money can ease your mind from economic stresses. When i discovered this idea I began to weigh my options, I considered all my tal- ents and skills as well as my points of weakness. I had considered two options: one was my talent in video games and the second was my personal skill in creating successful ideas for producing money. I personally figured video games would never produce the money I desired until I discovered MLG. Major League Gaming, MLG, is a very large company who hosts gaming events for the xbox console and provides the winner of every tournament a certain amount of prize money. I believed that not only could I do something I loved, I would also use one of my preferred hobbies as a possible career, and so my journey began. Day in and day out I practiced slowly but surely forgetting about my personal life and starting up a team as I needed. My home town of West New
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York was known for gaming so although I no longer maintained much of a social life, my skills in the game, Halo 3, provided me an image as a sort of public figure. However I found this a nuisance because this entailed fans or “band wagoners” as we called them. A band wagoner is someone who believes you to be very talented and would go through what ever it took to get into and play a game along side you. This meant both good and bad players. The worst players want me to play with them and this would honestly di- verge me from my goal so I avoided the public attention for as long as possible. My life was consumed with this idea of fame at an event as well as making money for doing what I loved, until reality hit. This is where I disagree with Chaudhry and her theme of narcissism consuming all of our teens because it is something that is easily over come.
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