Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, March 6, 2010

It's good to be in touch with pop culture

For years, I've failed at staying in touch with pop culture, and in fact, I had no real interest in it. I still don't have any genuine interest in pop culture, but it is a great way to oil the writing engine, and in turn, write more marketable pieces than just whatever pops in my head that has nothing to do with what's going on outside of my own world.

I say this now, in particular, because I wrote a piece recently that I published on my own in Intrepid Media's gallery, and ended up landing a feature spot for that piece.

I wrote the piece titled "The Awkward Ref," after watching the new NBC show "The Marriage Ref," and hating it.

The purpose of this post is to spread the word that I have been featured again, and also to talk about the significance of this particular featured piece, which will be smack dab on the homepage of IM through Monday, I believe.

You see, for perhaps the first time in my life as an independent writer I wrote about something so timely, that the piece I wrote was featured on IM on the day that something was set to happen. For me, this is a huge step toward producing things that publications want to publish, which will inevitably broaden my horizons-- that is, if I continue to stay in touch with what's happening in a timely fashion.

Although "The Marriage Ref" was something I came across on TV, I feel that the way I will keep at being up to date is with the help of Twitter.

I've had Twitter for a while, but I hardly ever used it or even signed into the service until I began following the Winter Olympics through NBC's iPhone app. The app included tweets from the Team USA athletes. Seeing as how I was especially interested in Apolo Ohno, I began to follow him on Twitter and quickly became obssessed with Twitter altogether. I tweet constantly now. I went from following just a handful of people, to 59, ranging from friends, to individual celebrities, to the TV show Dexter, to all kinds of news outlets, and the list just keeps on growing.

The way we get information has evolved, and after a long time spent resisting the switch from newspapers and perfume-scented magazines to mysterious tweets that are no more than 150 characters long, I have surrendered. To resist is to remain ignorant, and left behind in a fast-moving world.

1 comment:

Elisabeth said...

My usage of twitter has evolved. In the beginning I was using it for all sorts of things... following people that tweeted about ALL my areas of interest, plus friends, plus news, plus, plus... it became too much. I backed waaay off. I stopped tweeting altogether. Now I almost only use it for news. And for that it is so useful!

I get headlines any time of day I want from any number of news sources. And I can read further about any of those, if I want. I am more informed now than I've ever been. I get some pop culture stuff too by keeping an eye on the trending topics. And I even follow the weather for Thornton, which I didn't like at first, but realized how useful it was after all those tornadoes around Denver last year. Thornton has no warning system, and we have no TV, but @ThorntonWeather will let me know if I need to go hide in the basement. And since I have Twitter on my iPhone, I can keep up with everything no matter where I am.

I love reading about the cases where Twitter has been used in emergency/disaster situations. So cool to see something that could just be chalked up as another silly internet thing turn out to be an invaluable media tool that can even help to save lives!