Verfall und Ende des öffentlichen Lebens
... if 500 people are famous, no one is, and so to
find someone you can call a recognizable personality, a man who stands out, at least 490 must be pushed into the background. This is not benign neglect. Those 490 must be positively unrewarded in the same measure the 10 are rewarded; by denial as much as approval, a few people will then be brought forward as recognizable individuals.
The Fall of Public Man