Your two weeks of fame and your grandmother's

  title={Your two weeks of fame and your grandmother's},
  author={J. Cook and A. D. Sarma and Alex Fabrikant and A. Tomkins},
Did celebrity last longer in 1929, 1992 or 2009? We investigate the phenomenon of fame by mining a collection of news articles that spans the twentieth century, and also perform a side study on a collection of blog posts from the last 10 years. By analyzing mentions of personal names, we measure each person's time in the spotlight, and watch the distribution change from a century ago to a year ago. We expected to find a trend of decreasing durations of fame as news cycles accelerated and… Expand
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