15 megabytes of fame

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From 15 minutes of fame.


15 megabytes of fame pl (plural only)

  1. (humorous) A modest amount of fame achieved in the world of computing, as by inclusion on a popular video or audio clip available on the Internet.
    • 1995, The New Yorker:
      Culture is your friend who likes to draw [] . / The web is an opportunity to make good our fifteen megabytes of fame. / The more widespread and grassroots the Internet, the more difficult it will be to dominate and control it.
    • 2015 July 22, Caitlin Dewey, quoting Trebor Scholz, “You don’t know it, but you’re working for Facebook. For free.”, in Washington Post[1], →ISSN:
      Even when the time commitment becomes incredible—some would say insane—they argue they’re “compensated” accordingly, whether in pleasure or new knowledge or what Scholz calls their “15 megabytes of fame.”