Posts Tagged ‘web culture

I just experienced my 1st caucus. A few observations of interest to me:

1. When I drove up to my caucus, I was taken aback by the line. It wrapped around the corner of the church. I was thankful it wasn’t -10 degrees like it has been lately.

2. Once inside, I noticed that 95% of the crowd looked to be 35 or under. Gave me encouragement when I saw us younger people out, trying to instigate change.

3. The voting process was so easy. And surprisingly non-technical, as I thought it might be. I wrote my name, address, email, phone number, and district on a sheet of paper. Then I was handed a piece of paper that looked like it was meant for covering a Bingo game card. I was slightly confused as to how to cast my vote. After wandering over to what looked like a paper-wrapped shoebox that said “ballots”, I firmly wrote “Barack Obama”. And dropped the little piece of paper inside the slot.

4. I took some pics so I could engage in some “citizen journalism” via The New York Times.com. Browse them all here. (I submitted 4, not sure which one are up yet.)

If you’re planning on going to caucus on Tues. 2/5, consider snapping a few pictures for The Polling Place Photo Project.

via The New York Times:
The Polling Place Photo Project is a nationwide experiment in citizen journalism that encourages voters to capture, post and share photographs of this year’s primaries, caucuses and general election. By documenting local voting experiences, participants can contribute to an archive of photographs that captures the richness and complexity of voting in America.”

“Citizen journalism” – love it.

Take part in storytelling.

So in the past few days I’ve added about 10 more RSS feeds to the list. Most are design and planning/culture-oriented. Yay for ideas!

Also, I was reading through Aki Spicer and Ed Cotton’s ppt, “Blogging the Agency” and found the tips to be really helpful. As a hopeful junior planner/strategist (read: NOT yet snapped up by an agency/communications group), I’m trying to hone this blogging thing. It’s no easy task, given the onslaught of information I’m shown every day, every minute. Of-course, I like having all of this ‘stuff’ at my fingertips, even if it gives me a headache to read through at times.

Now I just found myself on Heron Preston’s blog (by way of searching for specific NYC strategists on LinkedIn – gotta love creative web stalking!) and found a great list of the top young planner blogs. Advertising’s Young Minds gives us The Top 27 Blogs of People Under 27. I already subscribe to a few of these, but now I must busy myself with adding the other 25…

This all shows me I need to step up my game. But, I suppose my game would be a lot better if I was actually working in planning/communication strategy – I’d be forced to integrate my own interests with work experiences. Well, until then, I’ll just pretend I’m a junior thinker at some shop and continue to work at adding to the blogosphere.

(Please note Daniel’s (from Advertising’s Young Minds) ranking criteria – he is not calling it a “best of” list. So when reading the comments below his list, take it all with a grain of salt. One point Aki and Ed point out is that there’s a tendency for bloggers to toot their own horns and blogging is an ego-booster. I agree, so keep in mind that blogging is not a popularity contest. It’s about contributing to your like-minded community, sharing ideas, and finding inspiration from within yourself and others.)

Another example of the power of social networking sites/communities banding together to get what they want.

  • 14,000 users in ‘bring Wispa back’ groups in
  • 93 groups
  • fans posted 1980s spots
  • fans joined online petitions

The result? A temporary revival of the chocolate bar (23 million) to test the sales demand.

Ok, who wants to start a Bring Back Zubaz!! Facebook group? Shall I start it?

I’m signing up to blog about the environment as part of Blog Action Day. (See Faris post “We Need Each Other” to the right in the pink box or All Day Buffet.) The date is set for 10/15. So far, 6,109 blogs have signed up, which is not counting mine. This initiative asks “What would happen if every blog published posts discussing the same issue, on the same day?” What will happen? Sign up and be a part of this mass communication of idea sharing.

I attended PSFK’s Conference last Tues. 9/18 (my first) and enjoyed soaking up all of the new (and not so new) ideas, thoughts, and questions that came up in the discussion.

I particularly enjoyed the panel on L.A. culture. Some topics included the general ‘scene’, transportation issues, and the idea of center of L.A. Here’re my notes and thoughts, along with a picture. (We were prohibited from taking our own, so I’m borrowing from PSFK.)Panelists:
Adriana Parcero of Nokia, designer, led discussion. Tony Pierce of LAist, the largest city-based blog (does Minneapolis have one similar?). Emmanuelle Richard of the French daily Liberation (and Vogue Paris – tres chic, n’est pas). Jeff Miller of the Thrillist. Shana Nys Dambrot of Flavorpill LA.

On the L.A. draw:
Shana: Attracted to L.A. partly because of the rawness, wild West-ishness, the laid-back and ‘good times’ feelings

On the L.A. space/center:
1st time visitors face this huge vastness, so as a consequence, there’s the emerging mini-cultural centers developing.
Tony: Feels the center of L.A. is really where you protest and write. L.A. is diverse and independent.
Shana: Feels people rally around their particular area, like how she loves Venice. (I loved her enthusiasm for the city. It made me believe I could love it if I lived there, too.) Thinks the web makes L.A. truly navigable. L.A. + web are the same thing. (So this says a lot about how important the web and blogs are for this city, if you’re going to become a part of the culture. It sounds like you couldn’t survive without the web. But who could these days?)
Jeff: Skeptical of downtown, but now that a Ralph’s is opening, feels less so. If people can go there late at night, maybe people do live there.

The most thought-provoking part of the discussion for me was the idea that the web is so important to getting to know L.A. True, isn’t the web handy for exploring any new thing, but everyone seemed to agree that the web is vital to feel connected to the culture in L.A. As I’ve heard before (and now seen), L.A. is really big, spread out, with no real ‘center’. This is kinda cool, but at the same time could make a person feel lost and uncertain, especially newcomers to the city. Because there is such a vibrant L.A. web culture, experiencing L.A. and diving in becomes really appetizing and not as intimidating.

One last thing I jotted down in the handy panel book they gave us:
Everyone was truly enthusiastic about living in L.A. They came across as devoted and die-hard fans of their ‘center’, their L.A. culture. Even if they weren’t natives.


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