Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Less Social Please

I’m a fan of social media, which is as obvious as saying Tim Tebow can’t throw. I think it does so many things for us. Helps reconnect old friends, allows you to keep tabs on family and friends, it’s a great way for businesses to communicate with their customers, it’s often my first source for news and an even greater source for entertainment. The sky is the limit, or the cloud is.
That said, I’m sick of watching a news program where they solicit Tweets, Facebook or Google+ comments. You report the news, I’ll decide when I want to add my two cents, and where I’ll add it. I, for one, am not looking for interactive TV when I watch the news.  If the situation calls for it, send your interns out to find out what the public is saying online about a specific issue. Okay, so do a little leg work. A little, I don’t know, reporting. That’s what journalists do. I get it, times are changing and they want to be current.
Using the public tweets is on par with using their bumper stickers. Only the bumper stickers usually have better grammar and at least a driver can been seen, it’s not AS anonymous as a tweet. I’ve long felt this way, but when I heard a few months back that CNN had actually laid-off professionals in favor of going with more of their iReporters, it just made me sick. Obviously, the iReporters are doing more than just tweeting, and I think they occasionally get something interesting from the public, or at the very least, there’s more relative video out there to tell the stories. That doesn’t replace a trained professional, just because they are able to capture an event with the camera on their iPhone.
The fact that this trend came along makes perfect sense. There’s a natural curiosity, to see what will come of a newly armed public. But it’s time that this trend dies off. Tell your viewers to follow you online, of course you have to promote your brand and it’s a great place to break stories, and direct the public to your shows and websites for more details than you can cover in 140 characters.
I’ve also been known to get sucked in by a story that gets my juices flowing, and leave some comments on various websites. I think it’s great that a story can spark conversation, but if you’re going to allow comments, I think you need to have someone monitor them. It’s too often, and too easy, for those conversations to be hijacked by a few who are more interested in childish games.  

Friday, January 13, 2012

96 Words on Tebow

So for a good four months, the media spoon fed us one Tim Tebow article after another. The Haiti earthquake and the tsunami in Japan had shorter shelf lives in the news cycle than Tebow’s athleticism, faith and poor mechanics.  
The latest story everyone is running? Yeah, it turns out Tebow is both incredibly popular and polarizing. This isn’t news, this was by design. The media is setting up sequels to their own stories faster than Vin Diesel sets up a sequel to his movies that no one over the age of 18 admits to seeing.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Top Ten of '11

My annual Top 10 Movies of the year (although I just checked an old site, and my top 10 of ’10 is blank, not sure what happened there):
10. Sarah’s Key
9.  The Kids Are All Right
8.  50/50
7.  The Ides of March
6.  The American
5.  Super 8
4.  Moneyball
3.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2.  Drive
1.  Crazy, Stupid Love

Movies I haven’t seen yet, that I have high hopes for: The Decedents, My Week With Marilyn, Hugo, Warrior, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Adventures of Tintin, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, Contagion, Red State, Young Adult, Rampart. Wow, let’s just call this list “incomplete.” I have some work to do.

(movies released in late 2010 that I didn’t see until 2011 are eligible.)

Basically, it's Ryan Gosling's world, and we just live in it.