I read this story on CNN and I think I’m about to pack it in, 3.5 readers.
The desire for fame apparently knows no bounds.
If you didn’t click the link, I’ll try to summarize. There’s an Atlanta surgeon and she had a YouTube channel where she sings, dances, and raps while cutting into patients, even having assistants join in. You can see clips in the CNN story. The vids have been taken down from her YouTube channel but you can still find some about the Internet. I can’t be sure, but, to me anyway, it looks like she moved the scalpel to the beat in one video. Again, I’m no expert so I don’t want to say that for sure. I could be wrong but…well, I hope I’m wrong. Scalpels should be moved, you know, according to medical rules and not to a funky beat.
If she’d done this on her own time…maybe out of the hospital, made a fun video where she raps and dances over a fake patient, it would be ok. A fun self promo.
But…I mean, even if the patients can’t be identified…you just see stomachs and so on…if you go to a doctor to get surgery, you didn’t sign up to have your body parts shown online and how she didn’t realize the world is small and that wouldn’t eventually get back to someone who would complain.
I don’t know. Social media has brought out our worst instincts. Sometimes I’m a champion for social media. It gives a voice to people who were previously voiceless.
But then I just wonder if the old way was better. Become famous by, you know, actually doing something. Otherwise, it’s just acting a fool for the camera.
I worry about that with this blog. I have been thinking about shutting it all down lately. I have beaten myself up for years for not becoming super rich and famous and successful, as if it were somehow easy and I didn’t pull that off a tree as if fame is low hanging fruit easily within reach. But maybe I just did my best within the limits I have and the cards I was dealt and maybe my free time would be better spent walking in the park, or working on my health, taking a bike ride, getting a new hobby…
I have no idea. I like to think my writing is somehow constructive…but I feel like a jackass, waving my hands along the information superhighway. “Look at me! Notice me! Pay attention to me!”
I mean, it’s not as bad as this woman but perhaps this blog is just a form of doing jumping jacks to get noticed.
Stuff like this just leaves me depressed. This woman is a doctor. Probably paid well. Obtained knowledge and a skill few can handle. Probably could have written and/or made serious content about doctoring and just….no. I’m sorry. You shouldn’t go in for surgery and end up with your naked stomach on YouTube.
We need to invent time travel and get young Mark Zuckerberg laid so he never kicks off this social media mess. Everyone was better off where they said, “Fuck it, I didn’t find fame by 25, so time to get serious about regular life.”
Ugh. Seriously. This depresses me.