“To not make fun of something is, we believe, itself a form of bullying. When a humorist makes the conscious decision to exclude a group from derision, isn’t he or she implying that the members of that group are not capable of self-reflection? Or don’t possess the mental faculties to recognize the nuances of satire? A group that’s excluded never gets the opportunity to join in the greater human conversation.”—Make Fun of Everything by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele - Time
“True Detective is the most compelling series currently on television, one that boasts an almost embarrassing array of riches: a mesmerizing performance by current Hollywood It Man Matthew McConaughey; an only marginally less notable turn by co-star Woody Harrelson; an intricate structure and hyper-literate dialogue by writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto; big-screen-worthy direction by Cary Joji Fukunaga; and an anthology format that has the potential to help change the way high-end television is produced.”—True Detective: The Best Show on TV
“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, a sign of socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and co-sign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can bestow DWYL as career advice upon those covetous of her success.
If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves, what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing.
“Tumblr was nearly as busy as Twitter during MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday when it came to the sheer number of content contributors, per Union Metrics, a company that offers analytics for both platforms. The San Francisco tech firm says 1.1 million Tumblr users posted content with VMA-related keywords yesterday, while 1.3 million folks on Twitter did the same. Those figures may surprise marketers who view Twitter as the undisputed, dominant, social-media companion for TV watchers.”—
As promised, here are my slides from the inaugural SXSW V2V conference, held this week in Las Vegas. I spoke about some practical ways startups and entrepreneurs can borrow from Hollywood to use social media to market their businesses. Thank you to everyone who attended my talk!
On another note, V2V was one of the best SXSW events I’ve ever been to. I’ve come away from it more energized and optimistic than I’ve been after an Austin SXSW in several years. If you’re into this kind of thing, I would highly recommend that you attend next year.