Mugging for social media

Uggie
Uggie
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If you’re gonna make a movie that features a dog and that movie wins Best Actor and Best Picture of the Year, we’re gonna have a thing or two to say about it. I’m talking about The Artist starring Uggie and a few human beings in supporting roles, of course.

We don’t do movie reviews here, though this film is certainly worthy of one. After seeing it a few dozen more times, I may write one. For now, though, here are two observations.

“Silent” media gives a voice to the mute or the flawed.
Social media channels are for the most part, silent media. They do not require anyone to actually be themselves or show themselves in photos or video. You are what your words are in blog posts, in tweets, in Facebook updates and such. You do not need to be a great speaker, be able to carry a tune or dance to perform in the social media space. Social media gave to many nerds and geeks what silent film gave to George Valentin (and Uggie the dog if you want to extend the metaphor.) Sorry, you will have to see the film to the very end to understand this reference. Yeah, I know.. but life has no short-cuts.

Unfortunately for most, video is on the rise in the social media space, giving it a real voice in much the same way talkies did for silent film. Many stars will fall by the wayside, but it will also make way for the young. “People are tired of old actors mugging at camera to be understood. Out with the old, in with the new. Make way for the young! That’s life!” (Peppy Miller, The Artist)

Hating on the French
Can we just stop that already? As the Oscars went on and The Artist picked up more awards, my twitter stream filled up with anti-French tweets. I think we may be able to learn a little bit from Jean Dujardin who said in his acceptance speech, “I love your country” and proclaimed his delight for cinnamon rolls on the red carpet. If a big star like Dujardin can find delight in the smallest, pedestrian things about America, why can’t we find these same things about the French?

We all have flaws. Some of us are socially awkward; some are camera-shy. Still others have stage-fright and other have a French accent. Most of us are the dogs that run around the feet of others, just trying to get some attention. The tools you learned to use to overcome your flaws may not help you next year.

The survivors in this game are not the young as Peppy Miller suggested, but those who are willing and able to adapt.

Hallelujah

Hallelujah is probably my most favorite song ever. Jeff Buckley has sung it perfectly up until I discovered Allison Williams’ version. Wow, I love them both. Take a few minutes and listen.

In case you’re wondering where you may have seen her before, if you are a Mad Men fan, she sang the theme song with a twist.

Dangerous walkway in Englewood, Ohio

There is a walkway path along the Stillwater River in Englewood that connects Grossnickel Park and that new lake along Wenger road. While we generally support walkways in parks, the stretch of walkway that passes underneath Interstate 70 is very, very scary and probably quite unsafe.

Here is a short video of us walking underneath it. Notice the crumbling cement and lack of any containment cage. One of these days, a truck is going to blow a tire and those rubber shreds and steel belts will kill a jogger or dogwalker. Just don’t want it to be me.

I know Englewood is doing a ton of improvements all over the place. Can you send a crew to weld a cage in place? Thanks. I know you have the money because you cashed my tax check.

Austin Hicks playing Walgreens Community Day in Englewood, Ohio May 8

Austin Hicks Englewood Ohio

Local country star Austin Hicks will be performing in the Walgreens parking lot in Englewood, Ohio for Community Days on Sat. May 8 at 2:00pm. Austin, 19, is a graduate of the Northmont High School class of 2009.

There will be food, fun and just a good time, so come on down for a few hours to the corner of Wenger and Union, enjoy some live music and conversation. The DogWalkBlog will be out there talking with folks, so if you’ve been a reader, come on out.

And now, for a taste of Austin Hicks and his band:

Hotels are going to the dogs

I watched a video on Chris Brogan’s blog where he spoke at Like Minds and he mentioned the Roger Smith Hotel. As frequently happens, my mind wandered as Chris rattled on (sorry Chris!) and so I went out to Google and checked out the Roger Smith Hotel.

Turns out they have this dog named Henry who makes his own bed. Funny stuff. Video below.

So, I’m now following @rshotel and they are my new New York Hotel. Is this the way all this social media stuff is supposed to work? I dunno, but it seems if you want folks to stay at your hotel or visit your business, get a dog. The Broadmoor has Ruger, the Roger Smith has Henry. I wonder what other hotels have dogs?

If you do, comment below. And when we’re on the road, that’s where we’ll be staying!