Category Archives: Video

Ugh.

Everyone should read this article, click here!

But know there are a few things you can do.  In no particular order other than stream-of-conscious …

1. On an individual level, consume less media and produce more of it yourself.  2. Do the same with everything else, borrow and share too.  3.  Realize that when you rip off artists and musicians, by not supporting them with actual money, things get worse.  This may seem to conflict with #1 & #2 and it does really, so find the right balance for you and don’t expect it all for free.  4. Stop working in tech or other forms of content packaging and distribution and make content yourself.  Or at least respect and cherish the content producers that make your distribution job possible: don’t take advantage of them.  4a. Play a musical instrument, even poorly.  5. Volunteer and help other people out directly, don’t expect others or the government to do it for you.  6. Only read and watch the best in breed in journalism, avoid all the rest at all cost.  7. Dive deep and master something, don’t think you need to be aware of everything going on under the sun to survive and be happy.  8. Trust the experts and scientists that have done the work and the study and have the best credentials, ignore the rest.  9. Get a dog.  10.  Fall in love and have a lot of sex.  10a. If you’re not in love, you should still have some sex too.  11. Start a family (but be ready to do so).  12. Be social in real life, meet real people and make real friends, listen to their stories and share your own, have good conversations, start conversations.  13. Give back and pay it forward.  14. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help, advice, or knowledge.  15. Get an education and realize you can get one on your own outside of a school too if school isn’t an option.  16. Don’t be lazy, fight it off when it starts to get the best of you.  17. Vote, and vote with your brain not your heart, gut, or genitals. 18. Know that you will fail and other will too but don’t let it stop you (not that you have a choice really) or drive you nuts.

 

 

Branding 101 ?

Not a particularly interesting article at all – until the end where she admits “I want to be a brand”. Is this the new, highest aspiration in America now? In the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, and even the first half of the 90’s “selling out” was a pejorative term. Now it seems it’s all we seek. Are the days of trying to achieve something artistic or profound and meaningful gone? It seems now being a product is no longer even a goal (as bad as that is) now only being a brand is sought, to be sold and licensed out to the highest bidder and slapped onto any product. We live in the days of sizzle, with no steak to enjoy. And I guess that’s okay in a world where the only real talent one needs today is the ability to tweet. The irony is that at first in the article it seems she had some standards when she was younger, having turned away for auditioning for TV and having initially turned down the “Blurred Lines” video for fear of being typecast. Now it seems that’s all she really wants, to be typecast, so long as she can apply the typecast onto herself.