New Agency Model: Catvertising

Tweet There’s a new agency model in town: Catvertising. It’s a solid two and a half minutes of...

Experiencing Media – Tourist Habits

Tweet It’s my own fault for traveling to almost exclusively capital cities but my entire time in Europe has been a sport in avoiding tourists. Here inside the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, I don’t know why I find myself surprised that so many visitors spend longer reading the descriptions, listening to their audio guides and playing on their cellphones than actually seeing the art. I keep getting run over. You can view these pieces online, in books, and likely, even on television if you catch the right program. Why go to a museum? Is it just something to do? The acquisition of ticked boxes that make individuals feel like they are feeding themselves culture. Providing postcard and dinner fodder? They jump from one famous piece to another, quickly brushing by the rest. Do these individuals view these heralded artists because they have been told they are of importance? Do these individuals not have interest in the artist’s journey? The general public seems to have an affinity for mankind’s (and other kind’s) journey and development when you apply this idea to film or literature. Is it our own fault for not teaching art like we teach literature? What about the artist has earned them such notoriety for their work? Do these individuals realize that they are even cheating their experiences? Does it even matter? Their dollars (euros, in this example) still help the museum survive. Is this why museums don’t seem to care? I posted a quick tweet about my plans for the day on my way to the Van Gogh Museum and another notable Amsterdam museum, Rijksmuseum, responded...

CNN Gives SXSW By The Numbers

Tweet This year I volunteered to be an iReporter for CNN at SXSW. The concept was to “demystify” the conference and in my seventh year attending, I felt qualified to help portray this. The hitch? I’m a bit of a video amateur. It’s an area I’ve been dying to get more experience in so I jumped with two feet into this opportunity and hurriedly borrowed a video camera and tripod to bring with me to Austin. Cue SXSW overload. What was I thinking? I already have difficulties managing my schedule with so many options, the last thing I had time to do was teach myself any video and it was too awkward to carry around to many places when it wasn’t my primary focus. On top of this, I was having issues getting into the CNN Lounge to upload the bits of video I did take and join the relevant meetings. I ended up contacting Lila from iReport to tell her I wasn’t going to be able to contribute, which I felt terrible about but she assured me they had plenty of content. Here is a great video from CNN, “SXSW By The Numbers,” that still credits me in the end which I don’t quite deserve. Props to those who did contribute… and much respect! I will work on my video skills in a less stressful environment and be better prepared for badassery next year. SXSW: By the numbers from CNN on...