Archive for year 2010

You too can blog like North Korea

The tension on the Korean Peninsula is no laughing matter but the official North Korean response to the U.S.-South Korea military exercises was an entertaining example of Cold War Era propaganda. Take a look:

“The situation on the Korean peninsula is inching closer to the brink of war due to the reckless plan of those trigger-happy elements to stage again the war exercises targeted against [North Korea] in wake of the grave military provocation they perpetrated against the territorial waters of [the North Korean] side in the West Sea. The army and people of [North Korea] are now greatly enraged at the provocation of the puppet group, while getting fully ready to give a shower of dreadful fire and blow up the bulwark of the enemies if they dare to encroach again upon [North Korea’s] dignity and sovereignty even in the least.  The group should not run amuck, clearly understanding the will and mettle of the highly alerted army and people of [North Korea] to wipe out the enemies.”

In a world of social media nicey-nice, wouldn’t it be a lot more interesting if we all blogged like North Korea? It might go something like this …

From MySpace:

“The imperialist force of Facebook has greatly enraged the united citizens of MySpace. We will not be bowed by these Zuckerberg puppets. Prepare to run amuck when you see our wrathful might. Or, call us.”

From the music industry:

“We are greatly enraged by the reckless bullying of our profit margin by the iTunes enemy.  If they dare encroach on our sovereign territorial waters in the least, the capitalist swine will be sliced into ribbons by our dreadful noodle-maker.”

From Adobe

“The trigger-happy Steve Jobs has denied our Flash animation product and has tested the will and mettle of the highly alerted people of Adobe. We will pierce the heart of his iPad with a showers of grave provocations from our PR department.”

From Justin Bieber

I am more adorable and talented than the reckless pretender Taylor Swift. I am greatly enraged and my hair is dismantled by her provocations. Should she encroach another awards show, I will have Usher crush her bulwark.”

See, wouldn’t the social web be MUCH more interesting if we blogged like North Koreans?

Crowd-sourcing your blog reader

In a recent post, Michael Bertoldi laments that his blog reader is becoming a sea of sameness: “ROI, engagement, twitter, ROI, criticism, you’re not doing it right, ROI.”

This struck a chord with me.  First, I’m going to trash that post I’m writing on ROI. : )  Second, I realized I’m really getting bored with my blog reader.  I’m guessing maybe you are too so let’s do something about.

In America, we have this tradition called a pot-luck dinner.  Friends gather at a home, church or community center and bring their favorite dish to share. That way, you get to sample many different types of delicious foods even though you only brought one dish.

Let’s have a {grow} community pot-luck dinner and bring our favorite blog for everyone to sample.

In the comment section, simply provide a link to one favorite blog. The only request is that you try to cook up something new. We have all heard of Chris Brogan and Brian Solis! What is your one favorite blog you would like others to discover?

I’ll get the party started. I’ve brought the first course.

My blog for you to discover is Cyberpop by Sidney Eve Matrix at  Sidney Eve is a university professor who writes about social media, trends and research from an exciting cultural perspective. Her posts are also thoroughly documented and rich with interesting links.

Ok, time for you to share a tasty blog with our community. Thanks for coming to the party!

Art galleries come alive with new media innovations (video)

One of my hobbies is “collecting” art museums.  I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many of the world’s greatest art palaces and so could not miss the opportunity to visit Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and the National Gallery in Edinburgh on my recent trip to Scotland.

I’m beginning to see examples of how new media is augmenting traditional art displays. I’m a bit conflicted about adding this “showmanship” but I also recognize that combining these mediums can help display and explain art in exciting new ways, especially if your audience is digital-savvy to begin with.

In this short video I provide examples of these mash-ups. Let me know what you think about it.

And just for fun, here is a list of my top 20 favorite art museums (at least so far):

  1. Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York City
  2. Musee d”Orsay – Paris
  3. Courtauld Institute – Paris (small but great Impressionist collection)
  4. MOMA – New York
  5. Art Institute – Chicago
  6. Uffizi Gallery – Florence
  7. Peggy Guggenheim Museum – Venice (small but what a setting!)
  8. British Museum – London
  9. Prado Museum – Madrid
  10. Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam
  11. Getty Museum – Los Angeles
  12. Vatican Museum – Rome (would put it higher but so crowded)
  13. Tate Museum of Modern Art – London
  14. Museum of Fine Arts Boston
  15. National Gallery – Washington DC
  16. Carnegie Museum of Art  Pittsburgh (big displays in a small city!)
  17. Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts – Moscow (surprisingly good display of Impressionists)
  18. Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille
  19. Royal Museum – Brussels
  20. Museu de Arte – Sao Paulo

If your fave is not here it is probably because I have not been there yet, with the exception of the Louvre.  I dislike the Louvre. It’s too big and too crowded. The whole experience feels like a train station to me. What museums do you enjoy and why? What do you think of the technology mash-up in the video?