on January 28th, 2011 at 07:11 pm
I think everyone is an auctorial construct in this sense, to one degree or another. It's just that for most people the construct is developed in oral transmission, and so it's harder to accidentally discover bits of it, unless one has the sort of parents who like to tell their children what they are 'really' like. What the fame does is increase the likelihood that the oral tradition will be also be transferred to/preserved in some less ephemeral medium.
The nice thing about Wikipedia, at least, is that it does, in principle, give the subject of the construct the power to review and adjust the construct, which isn't typically true of gossip.