Is an audience of one, enough?

Artistry is judged not just by merit, but much more fundamentally, by its ability to produce an audience. The corollary is that a story that is unnoticed, or perhaps untold, is doomed to be meaningless. Or is it?

Marketing & Spin – Mind the Gap

We in the media are so used to “selling” our brands – be they ideas, people, products or news – that we are poisoning the very font we want our audience to drink from.

The Internet ate my brain.

Have you recently looked up from your phone and had the dumb? It has become essential that we manage our attention when it comes to our digital drug of choice.

It’s Just Media.

Fear motivates only the worst kind of action or inaction, and it is a collective horror pedalled by every media outlet both liberal and conservative. So we need to ask only one question. What can I do?

SIDE FX. Some guidelines to a career in TV production.

So you are going into, or are already in, the business of making TV.  Basically, in drug terms, you just swallowed the whole bottle.  This then, is the neatly folded, small-print ribbon of paper that dropped out when you opened your TV medication.  This is what you didn’t read, you just let it twirl to…

#lifetips34

There’s a famous saying that you can’t polish a turd. Don’t despair – because you can always roll it in glitter! Some days I am up to my elbows in glitter.

The joys of dealing with shaved monkeys

I just experienced the joy that is the post office. It’s a different dimension which never fails to disappoint. You can’t make this up – but they were out of letters and stamps. Perhaps it was just a red-painted building for homeless people who like to sit behind glass and stare at us like broiled…

dating myth #25

If I hear one more song about loving someone “forever”, I will consider proving that “forever” can in fact be abruptly ended with a blunt instrument to the head. This awful myth has spread to the general populace and is now bandied about ad nauseam. Forever does not exist.  At best you get a “good…

whining.net

If only my whining was like the internet and could be capped when it reached 3GB.  Instead, its unlimited bandwidth has enabled terabytes of complaining this month. Perhaps if Net Nanny was a real person, she’d know what to do – either burp me or drown me.

The interweb

Someone was talking about the net not always being what it seems – sometimes the men are men, and the women are men, and children are often the FBI.

Think on the happiness of this.

Fantastic new research from University of Rochester shows that extrinsic rewards (money, cars, stuff) basically makes us more depressed – it’s called “hedonic adaption”. The research quotes that those focused on the “American dream” are basically the most miserable of all. Happiness = hard, meaningful work on self and social bonds. Either that or poor…

Digest this.

I am in a quandary. The only thing I am sure of is that if someone offers me advice about “listening to your gut”, I will be tempted to remove my guts with a blunt spoon and ask them where exactly this other worldly knowledge is situated. My guts couldn’t decide to digest wheat, so…