Friday, October 15, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Chilean Miners and the Spoils of Fame

Posted by Anthony L. Hall

One wonders how long the camaraderie they enjoyed underground will last. Not least because reports are that they spent their final hours together squabbling over who would have the seemingly dubious honor of being the last to be rescued. And, contrary to most reports, the motive here was not heroic sacrifice, but a calculated desire to bask in the glory, and enjoy the rewards, that would come with being recognized as the man who spent the longest time buried alive.

But their camaraderie is bound to be tested when wives and family members begin exhorting each of them to grasp any media attention that might entail, or lead to, a financial windfall; e.g., from appearances on talks shows, book deals, and product endorsements. It might have been all for one and one for all when they were trapped, but I suspect it’s going to be every man for himself now that they’re free….

(Chilean Miners Rescued, The iPINIONS Journal, October 13, 2010)

This was the cynical, but all too human, note I sounded at the end of my commentary on Wednesday.  And all indications are that the infighting for the spoils of fame have already begun….

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