Monthly Archives: January 2011

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Just a quick thought here –

Does anyone find it very interesting that Sarah Palin has taken her voice to Facebook and Twitter almost exclusively? She is calling the shots and making the mainstream media report on what she just wrote on these social sites. It is unprecedented that a politician could so overtly avoid any tough questions or interviews and still get the coverage that she gets.

Is this responsible journalism? Is this responsible politicking? (did I just use responsible and politics in the same sentence?)

Your thoughts?


I just read this interesting article on CNN about why America is growing tired of Palin. I ‘bolded’ the part that seems to echo what I was pinpointing above.

The hope for some Republicans is that Palin will literally tweet her way out of our hearts. The books, the reality TV, the family psycho-dramas, the never-ending internet “thought bubbles” could just be enough to drive even those who like her over the edge. And, sure, we in the press are part of this uber-coverage, behaving as if every 140-character thought is worth some conversation. It isn’t. As Erick Erickson, the editor of the conservative and a CNN contributor, told me, it’s not really about what Palin has achieved. “By 2012,” he says, “people are going to be so tired of her they’re going to want to avoid eye contact. It’s not fair, but it’s reality.”

While traditional media was about putting your brand out there full force with no real interaction, social media is about a human conversation with your friends, fans and customers. Here is the perfect example of Andrew Garcia, the American Idol star connecting with his fans in a real way. The fans talk and he listens and interacts. This has happened on Twitter for me with multiple people like Candace Cameron, Don Lemon (CNN anchor), etc. Social media has the power to bring us all closer together – especially when it comes to celebrities and big brands.

Has anything like this happened you? You mention a brand and they respond to you on twitter or facebook? Let me know! I may use your story in my upcoming talk about social media

  • Created and launched 18 websites
  • Created 3 logos
  • Created and coded 4 HTML emails
  • Created 5 motion graphic pieces (animated banners and otherwise)
  • Connected with 10 Creative Improv clients to complete design projects of all sorts
  • Grew Creative Improv by over 30%
  • Learned guitar well enough to play with a singer – see
  • Learned a lot about photography and became a contributor to iStock, Shutterstock, and many other stock websites.
  • Most importantly, I met the woman I will spend the rest of my life with, and proposed to her – see

An experimentation with smoke photography. Colors added in post production. To see more of my smoke photos and license them for your own use check more of them out at iStock.

Something struck me about this photo – mainly because of the ominous shadow cast on the wall. Take whatever meaning you would like from the ominous shadow.

What story does this photo tell you? One that comes to mind could be that this photo saying “you can’t cover up your true self – it’s always there, even if it’s in the shadows” (of course this meaning is not specific to the people in the photo, but of the photo as art). Does anyone see something different in the shadow than what is happening in real life? thoughts?

Your turn – as an art critic – what, if any, meaning does this photo have to you?

Chatting with outgoing Representative, Rebecca McClanahan

Mid-wink – “good job, boss”

“On the one hand, we have…”

Say ‘ahhh’

Chatting with incoming Representative, Zachary Wyatt