Examining what The Menu says about popularizing professions and a book you def should be reading.
The novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow is an example of gamer/game designer as rockstar in the culture, I think
I loved Geek Love. I am 100% going to read Toad. Thanks for the tip.
I would say that of all the potential future rockstars listed on the substack, either draq queen or showrunner are good bets. I feel all the other ones will be easier to replace with AI but showrunner, less so because no one will take orders from a robot. As for drag queen, it is still mostly a live space so an android/cyborh drag queen is a stretch.
I think that professional preparedness experts will be the next Rockstars. No one is prepared for ___ (fill in the blank) and that whole “tin-hat bunker living crazy person” stereotype needs some updating, especially in places like ___ (fill in the blank) that are being slammed by extreme weather events.
One part Marie Kondo (organizing) one part Martha Stewart (style) part Boy Scout (preparedness). Prepping goes mainstream!
Great article but I'm confused. How was the director the rock star in the 80s? The only directors on your list to release films in the 80s were Spieilberg and Ephron. I would say the 90s was a decade in which white men, having mainly lost ground to rappers after grunge and before Eminem (who got real respect in 2000) aspired to be directors.