The Internet makes writing exciting and dynamic! Ideas can quickly spread and evolve, and more people than ever before can feed the information machine. What was that? “Writing and media are just fine without my input or attention,” you say? I can understand why you might think that way.
This new thing called the Internet allows anyone to publish anything instantly. Slam your head on your keyboard, examine (or don’t examine) the results, and publish online! Only on the Internet could something like this go viral – heck, people might even call your head-banging efforts art.
Newsflash: having a lot of Twitter followers does not make you famous, not on Twitter, not in the real world, not anywhere. Though she’s extremely hard on the women she profiled, Grigoriadis actually gives these women way too much credit. The average person would have no idea who these twilebrities are!
Bryan Macintyre’s “The internet is killing storytelling” was published by The Times over a month ago, but I haven’t yet forgotten it. Macintyre believes that the byte-sized information we consume online is ruining our interest in narratives, which are vital to the human experience. I do not agree.
I have a theory about some of the funniest, most compelling, and most intelligent content on the Internet: it’s produced and consumed by educated and funny people who are bored out of their minds at desk jobs. Why don’t you think anyone updates on the weekends? Let’s call this theory “Tedium in a New Medium”.
In December’s Harvard Business Review, researchers identify five skills that separate true innovators from other smart people. What makes one person an innovator, able to trailblaze a path in the media jungle, and another person a wanderer, lost and seeking direction? Here, find descriptions of the skills and my practical advice.
Marketing expert Seth Godin wrote: “I’ve noticed that people who read a lot of blogs and a lot of books also tend to be intellectually curious, thirsty for knowledge, quicker to adopt new ideas and more likely to do important work. I wonder which comes first, the curiosity or the success?”. Here is my answer.
Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of reading Happyloo: Friends, Foes, and Fun by my friend Mark Mariano. A colorful and playful comic book filled with characters like Tickle, a friendly turtle, and Meatsauce, a gentle yet dim-witted bulldog who loves food, Happyloo first ran on Mark’s website from June 25, 2008 to January 19, 2009.
Last week, I wrote a post about the web and unreliable narrators. The web lets us be unreliable narrators for a certain amount of time, but if we are disconnected for a moment, the real world will find out our true identities. Which aspects of your personality do you like to present using social media and/or your blog?
During a cleaning spree this past weekend, I found all my old arts and crafts supplies. In three large boxes and some large shopping bags were all the unused arts and crafts supplies that I had collected over the past 23 and a half years. Needless to say, I found a lot of raw material for artistic inspiration.