Category: Millennial Voice Inc.

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since I wrote anything in this blog. A friend of mine sent me this fascinating link entitled Five Geek Social Fallacies and I thought I’d share it here since I found it informative and interesting. I’ve been guilty of all of them and of course, thinking of them got me thinking of other things, namely the way that the Internet acts like a magnifying glass for emotions and explosions, and the need for human interaction sometimes.

As a writer and editor, I spend a lot of time behind a computer monitor. I have online communities I’m a part of, and a lot of friends in different states and countries. I’ve recently experienced some Internet drama that feels epic while it happens but then feels stupid when related to someone else verbally. Sometimes, despite or because of a strong Internet community, it is doubly important to get out of the computer and into reality. Talking to people face-to-face, or even on the phone or through Skype is just as important as the work itself, sometimes. It’s easy for me, for example, to lose perspective sometimes and I think that that contributes to instances like the ones in the link above.

Interestingly, this link also reveals a lot about the Millennial generation, in the way that I see it. The tolerance, definitely, and also the socialization process. Online bullying also relates to this, since it’s far easier to pick fights and descend to all new lows when you can’t see the other person’s face. Communities do tend to self-police, but sometimes this is not a good thing. “Fans” can become rabid and attack people who they think threat the community, and those who are ostracized tend not to be ignored, but attacked.

While this behavior is not something to boast about, I can find a bit of patience for people who are teenagers who do these things. However, when I see people my own age or older creating some of these issues, I really have to wonder what they’re like in real life, to think that their behavior online is somehow acceptable.

I’ve been reading a lot about a seemingly endless blooper reel of people putting way too much information up on their Facebook, Twitter, or personal blog about the people around them. With celebrities, who have a much larger sphere of influence and with more people paying attention to what they say, this whole thing looks a lot bigger. That got me to thinking though: what is the alternative?

Yes, sure, I agree that some people should just not be allowed near a Twitter account (those people usually can’t keep their mouth shut around a camera or a microphone either). But if you were to muzzle some of these outspoken and opinionated people (celebrities or otherwise), I wonder if we would be losing something.

I like the idea of free speech. I like being able to say what I really think and not be persecuted by someone who doesn’t like it. And I think part of that freedom comes the responsibility to self censor or to at least think before opening your big gob.

But what about the people who want to hear all the crazy shit that comes out of people’s mouths? Do we lose something of the truth when we expect people to shut up? What if the whole reason we like certain celebrities is because they speak the unfiltered truth and don’t have it whitewashed through their publicist and agent first?

Little context: I was thinking all of this because I just saw an article about television shows and movie people wanting to include in an actor’s contract that they can’t tweet or facebook spoilers for upcoming episodes. This makes complete sense to me since a lot of these shows build tension from having their viewers not know what’s coming up next, and a thoughtless spoiler can ruin the fun for someone not looking for it (especially because those are the messages that tend to get retweeted).

But again, that means that you are creating a barrier between the celebrity and the viewer. It’s an us-vs.-them mentality, and one of the things I love about Twitter is that I can communicate one-on-one with my favorite celebrities (in my case writers). So what I’m saying is I don’t know. It’s an interesting gray area.

What do you think?

I’ve been an outstanding note-taker since school. Don’t ask me how I got to be that way, it’s not as if I trained for it or anything. All I know is that come exam time, people started asking for my phone number and email awfully quick to get some last-minute notes.

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The other day, I was filling out my application to a program (which I hope to get into but I don’t want to jinx it just yet talking about until I’ve gotten in – cross your fingers for me!) and part of it included sending in two letters of recommendation. I immediately thought of two perfect people to write me the letter and I thought nothing of it. My mother came by my desk and looked at my filled-out application and said, “So how many letters of recommendation are you sending?”

The question surprised me a bit. The instructions send to only send in two letters of recommendation – so that was what I was supposed to do, right?

“But what if you’re expected to send them at least two letters? What if everyone else is going to send in five and you only send in two?”

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It’s All About Voice

So one of the mentors I admire is Alan Weiss, a solo consulting guru well known for his work on value-based fees. If you’ve never had the opportunity to see him, you would be stunned by the delicious way he manipulates language. He has an astonishing vocabulary and organization of thought that reflects in the way he speaks. One of the things he says is that the “Write to a sixth grade reading level” is stupid. He writes his books as he speaks – at a very sophisticated level.

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While I was checking up on my normal round of blog posts, I saw this post by Cassandra Clare (author of the Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices, the first of which is the prequel Clockwork Angel, which I am currently halfway through). And wow, that was a lot of links! Anyway, I was thinking about strategies for marketing books, as it becomes more and more difficult to market books (at least if you don’t know how the industry works). Just by visiting these sites, however, you can see a number of ways that Cassandra Clare has done a phenomenal job with her own marketing.

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Millennial Voice, Inc.

Hello everyone! Okay, I think I’ve made you suffer enough. I already let the cat out of the bag on Twitter but I thought I should go into more detail about exactly what I’m going to be doing here, as I have more than 140-characters to work with.

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