BY ZACH STUBBLEFIELD
Forget the policies. Forget the candidates. Forget the issues. The real winner of the presidential debate was Ken Bone.
The red cardigan wearing, average Joe looking, plump man was the hero America needed in this ruthless election cycle.
He was a breath of fresh air from America’s two favorite candidates attacking each other’s character and families.
He has been praised everywhere from Twitter to broadcast news networks. All for asking a relatively simple question about energy policy.
Ken Bone has just signed an endorsement deal with Uber. He literally got it, because he has become America’s newest meme and social media darling.
There has always been the overnight celebrity phenomenon in the news media, but the Internet makes the process so much easier to happen.
Before the age of the Internet, it was the mostly the press who could influence overnight stardom, but social media have made millions of more people have a voice in this process.
Journalists and businesses have to adapt to this. When someone becomes an overnight celebrity they need to get involved with them. Whether it be giving them a sponsorship like Uber or by running stories about mundane aspects of their life; like why Ken Bone wore a cardigan.
Overnight celebrities offer companies an easy way to get money and viewers. They need to embrace them to get the hits and exposure to thrive.