“The shame of fame started with a name.”
Sometimes just understanding what is happening is enough to make change happen without having to change anything. Understanding how chemicals are released in the brain that give a feel good, some would say religious experience led to people understanding that it's not about the person on stage but the people in the audience that matters.
This took away the power and abuses of fame, whether they are artists, sports people, religious leaders or politicians. The whole kissing babies practice was seen for what it is. A way to get power over people by pretending to be a conduit of good fortune. People used to hold their babies up for politicians and religious leaders and royals to kiss in the hope that God would bring favour to them. As if God favours one over another. As if God loves some people more because they have power.
Fame became seen as just another kind of power like wealth or force of arms. Not to say that fame was to blame. It was power, people having power over one another that had to end. The whole fame thing did serve the purpose of bringing people together. Fame was essential in bringing humanity from living in small competing groups to coming together. Having someone to rally around got things done for the better. It was just once the world came together, the negatives were too much to tolerate, which made it easier to end what was no longer needed anyway.
The Internet changed everything. At first it was thought the Internet would help people get famous and it did for a while but eventually the opposite was true. Freedom extends as far as it encroaches on somebody else's. Everyone can now be a star but no one can be outshone. It's what freedom is all about. The ability to shine but not to blind. To excel without putting others down.