Where do I even start? Seeing acclaimed tap dancer Savion Glover perform last night was the highlight of my week, probably the highlight of my summer thus far.
I was smiling from ear to ear throughout the entire performance. I don’t quite know how to explain it, but I just had an immediate reaction of pure joy when watching the show. I’m not sure if it has to do with Savion Glover’s perpetual smile (he kind of reminds me of Stevie Wonder in this way - which by the way Glover paid a tribute to during the show) or if it has to do with the fact that he jump started his career on Sesame Street (there’s something about childhood associations that pull on the heart strings) or if it’s just the fact that dance is my first love and is the art form I fell in love with before everything else.
No matter what it is, the performance was superb and made me realize how much you can do with tap dance - you can do the classics (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers style), you can add a little hip hop attitude (which is my personal favorite) and you can even mix in a little intensity tango-style — all of which Savion and his ensemble did.
I think I can go on and on. All in all, I was supremely impressed and secretly wish this art form were given a bit more attention and seen as something relevant and current in today’s world.
I’ve never met a woman who is not strong, but sometimes they don’t let it out. Then there’s a tragedy, and then all of a sudden that strength comes. My message is let the strength come out before the tragedy.
Diane von Furstenberg, NYT magazine interview (6/30/2013 issue)
Civic life in Britain is predicated on the idea that everyone just about conceals his loathing of everyone else. To open your mouth is to risk offending someone…In America the right to free speech is exercised freely and cordially. The basic assumption is that nothing you say will offend anyone else.
The differences between Brits and Americans from NY Times article “Letter from London” (oldie but goodie that a friend just shared on Facebook)
The process of branding itself is essentially about the expression and manipulation of daydreams. It owes as much to romanticism as to business school.
In this way, successful branding can be radically unexpected. The most anti-establishment renegades can be the best anticipators of market trends. The people who do this tend to embrace commerce even while they have a moral problem with it — former hippies in the Bay Area, luxury artistes in Italy and France or communitarian semi-socialists in Scandinavia. These people sell things while imbuing them with more attractive spiritual associations.
David Brooks, from NY Times column The Romantic Advantage. Very true and well said - this clash between commerce and meaning/depth is a constant pull in good marketing.
I was asked last week to contribute to our company’s all-things-digital weekly newsletter, so naturally wrote about the Yahoo/Tumblr deal. Wanted to share here as well…
News of Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr is without a doubt the biggest tech news of late, with everyone from media, experts and consumers hypothesizing what this deal might mean for all parties involved. As I read the news, I wonder – why have we all been so fascinated by this acquisition? Beyond the fact that a deal of this caliber doesn’t happen every day within this space (Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram was April 2012), what is it about the Yahoo-Tumblr deal that intrigues us so much?
For one, I think many are just honestly curious to see if this is yet another item to add to Yahoo’s poor track record (Yahoo famously bought the promising and innovative Flickr in 2005 and apparently neglected and mismanaged it so badly that it completely lost traction in comparison to competitors like Instagram). I also think we’re wondering if Yahoo acted too soon (Tumblr has barely proved that it can monetize itself)?
Additionally, I think we’re all a little intrigued by Ms. Marissa Mayer, wondering if this ex-Googler who has made such headlines is going to turn the company around (though I’m not sure, I can say I’m impressed that she boldly vowed that they “won’t screw it up,” openly acknowledging Yahoo’s past failures).
Last but certainly not least – the question that’s most intriguing to me about this deal is a branding question. Can a hip, trendy site like Tumblr –which is known for its memes and for its largely millennial/Gen Y audience– maintain its brand and cool factor after being bought out by a 18-year-old tech company (quite old in tech years)? We’ll have to wait and see.
Love love love this mashup. Perfect in every which way. Features Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” most prominently, but then weaves in everyone from Madonna to Justin Timberlake to some awesome old school dance tracks (Get Down Tonight, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, etc etc). Enjoy!
Props to Kanye West. Very creative way to release a new song. Creepy, but definitely creative.
In short, Kanye is debuting his new single “New Slave” via video projections like the one you see here. The first projection was found on the corner of Bedford and North 7th in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and there are plans to share these video projections across the globe.Kanye’s website has apparently shared a map with 65 other projections going on globally.
This video gave me a good chuckle. It’s a parody of the Dove Real Beauty sketches campaign, though I’d honestly believe you if you told me this was real. Guys would never describe themselves as critically as women do and they would of course put another dude down just to make themselves feel better. Right or wrong?
It appears that unhappy individuals have bought into the sardonic maxim attributed to Gore Vidal: ‘For true happiness, it is not enough to to be successful oneself…one’s friends must fail.’ This is probably why a great number of people know the German word schadenfreude (describing happiness at another’s misfortune) and almost nobody knows the Yiddish shep naches (happiness at another’s success).
I'm a digital marketer and PR professional working in New York City.
I have the lucky fortune of loving what I do and am energized by the way in which social media is transforming our world.
I am a journalist at heart (which is part of why this blog exists). I love the challenge of clearly communicating an idea, am intrigued by people and their stories and feel that every person has a story to tell.
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