If Privacy Is the New Celebrity, Then Ashton Kutcher Needs a New Career

The Internet is turning lots of nobodies into celebrities. The trouble is, they get all the downside of being famous--people harass them online--and none of the upside, like getting a better table at a fancy restaurant. Founders Fund's Sean Parker discusses the value of privacy, celebrity as a commodity and Katalyst CEO Ashton Kutcher's need to find a new business in this clip from Fast Company's Innovation Uncensored conference on April 21 in New York City.

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  • Payam Imani

    It's about Talent. Talent makes the money and the trick will always be, how to earn from those talents, right? Remember, Ashton Kutcher is a famous actor. He has become famous for acting, because he is a talented actor. It was the humor and ability to play a character on "That Seventies Show" that made him famous. He was compensated for that because the show generated revenue. The fact that he is now a celebrity is merely a by-product of having a successful acting career. Privacy the new celebrity? That depends on what you call a celebrity... someone who is well known? Well, now we all have the potential to become well known. The point is that simply being well known is not what makes a star. It's the ability to create, successfully using your talents. Ashton Kutcher is an actor. That requires a great deal of work, wit, timing, charisma, etc... all put together to play a roll, to allow a show or a movie to come to life. Through dedication to the craft, and innate ability to deliver the goods, hard work, guts, etc... Ashton created using his talents. So, he's been successful and now, he's famous. His privacy is the fact that he is the one and only him ever. He has experience, knowledge and talent that belongs to him alone. Regardless of how much of his personal life he decided to divulge, all that matters is what was created. So The challenge, I believe is to create. Simply being well known will not cut it, it's going to be the talented that stand out and create in this world. The opportunity with web 2.0 is the newfound ability for anyone to showcase their talents on the big stage. The audience is there and it'll be within the power of the individual to respect and be respected accordingly. So, do you want celebrity? Earn it! The question will be: What did you create? And the answer will result in how much you are respected and rewarded by other people over time. It's the work that will live on and the creator that will live with its echo.

    P.S. Much love for my fellow Iowan! You're a great actor and a talented young man. You'll always going to be a hometown hero in my book!

  • Payam Imani

    It's about Talent. Talent makes the money and the trick will always be, how to earn from those talents, right? Remember, Ashton Kutcher is a famous actor. He has become famous for acting, because he is a talented actor. It was the humor and ability to play a character on "That Seventies Show" that made him famous. He was compensated for that because the show generated revenue. The fact that he is now a celebrity is merely a by-product of having a successful acting career. Privacy the new celebrity? That depends on what you call a celebrity... someone who is well known? Well, now we all have the potential to become well known. The point is that simply being well known is not what makes a star. It's the ability to create, successfully using your talents. Ashton Kutcher is an actor. That requires a great deal of work, wit, timing, charisma, etc... all put together to play a roll, to allow a show or a movie to come to life. Through dedication to the craft, and innate ability to deliver the goods, hard work, guts, etc... Ashton created using his talents. So, he's been successful and now, he's famous. His privacy is the fact that he is the one and only him ever. He has experience, knowledge and talent that belongs to him alone. Regardless of how much of his personal life he decided to divulge, all that matters is what was created. So The challenge, I believe is to create. Simply being well known will not cut it, it's going to be the talented that stand out and create in this world. The opportunity with web 2.0 is the newfound ability for anyone to showcase their talents on the big stage. The audience is there and it'll be within the power of the individual to respect and be respected accordingly. So, do you want celebrity? Earn it! The question will be: What did you create? And the answer will result in how much you are respected and rewarded by other people over time. It's the work that will live on and the creator that will have to live with it.

    P.S. Much love for my fellow Iowan! You're a great actor and a talented young man. You'll always going to be a hometown hero in my book!

  • Rob Volkel

    I wish this guy just went away. Not sure how he ever became interesting or relevant to the Internet

  • charlie f

    This article was pointless. The video made no interesting points. Waste of time.

  • Sheena Medina

    @Tom, Do you think there is NO way to monetize privacy, or as with most companies with social media today, do you think no one has simply figured it out yet? Someone pointed out on Twitter that street artist, Banksy, is reaping the benefits of privacy AND probably taking it all the way to the 'bank'. Thoughts?