Levels of Distractibility: Who cares? = *. Some people will be distracted from your meaning: = **. Many people will be distracted from your meaning: = ***.
Question: Both these words mean well known or famous. Can't they be used interchangeably?
Answer: "Notorious" has the negative connotation of illegal or evil. "He is notorious for his gambling."
"Noted" has a positive connotation: "He is a noted poet."
Rating of Distractibility: (***). Sorry, but using these words in the wrong situation jars on my sensibility.