Almost Famous

The Avenues to Success

Ryan Leslie, S.O.B’s

R. Les, LloydAfter following Ryan Leslie on Twitter for weeks, I finally heard word of an upcoming show at S.O.B’s on Varick and E. Houston Street. With only four tickets left at the S.O.B box office, I purchased two; later discovering not only Thursday’s show was sold-out, but Wednesday’s as well. Ryan Leslie, who binds himself to his fans, after hearing the news of the outstanding ticket sales, pledged to put his entire heart into each show, promising surprise guests and a string quartet. It is not often in the music industry I see an obvious passion for performing and satisfying a reasonable ticket price of $20, so ‘excited’ certainly doesn’t capture my emotions a few days before the show.

I choose to follow Ryan’s day-to-day updates on Twitter and pay extra-attention to his every move because he possesses a passion for music I also share and I feel many artists emerging in the mainstream simply lack. I arrive to the surprisingly short line at S.O.B’s about 7 30, an hour and a half before Ryan is set to perform. S.O.B’s is a dimly lit venue with a fairly small stage and two bars, the main one towards the back and a smaller one off to the side. The dining area is full of linen tablecloths and roped off entries filled with an audience who probably is clueless to what exactly the “Ryan Leslie Experience” could entail. My friend and I make our way amongst the standing-room crowd, swaying to the old school R&B blaring through the speakers behind us. The media is already gathered at the front of the stage, testing their exposures against an empty, dimly-lit stage awaiting Ryan Leslie’s arrival. Much of the crowd is already severally intoxicated, raising their drinks to the sky with their eyes closed singing along and snapping to the DJ’s rhythms.

I remember glancing at my phone several times, watching 8 00 turn into 8 15, and 8 15 turn into 8 30. About 8 30 the opening band sneaks on stage and my friend and I move our way to the front of the intoxicated mess, my camera securely propped against my side. After hearing my friend’s ranting of, “You’re the press, why don’t you have a press pass? I wanna meet Ryan Leslie!, Go get a press pass!,” I grab myself a spot next to an undercover policeman, who was pushing his hammered girlfriend away from him and pawning her off to my friend, who was also intoxicated. “Yeah, I had to drag him here!,” his girlfriend screams at me as I wonder if I really have to put up with this for the entire show. “No, no, no, I like Ryan Leslie,” the policeman reassures me. The opening act was a getting a fairly severe, negative reaction from the crowd. Part of it was probably the anticipation of Ryan’s debut on stage, perhaps they too were stalking the man on Twitter for weeks, digesting unbelievable promises for tonight’s show. The most recent update I received at that point was Usher apparently made an appearance at Wednesday night’s show, so a visit from Kanye or Jay-Z wouldn’t be a shocker.

S.O.B’s began to fill extremely quickly, signifying the show was truly sold-out. An extremely high percentage of the crowd was female, probably in their late teens or early twenties, but I was going to sing with them anyway, all that Twittering better amount to something. I secured my spot pretty well by letting the two extremely drunk girls gravitate around me and scare-off anyone attempting to move closer. As the opening band quietly walked-off stage to the sound of a few faint claps, the highly-anticipated crowd lined-up at their nearest bar to replace their empty drinks. Of course, as the clock hit 9, Ryan Leslie was nowhere to be found; only the latest club bangers filled the air.

Ryan’s band began to file their way on stage about 15 minutes after 9, two saxophones, one trumpet, a drummer, and two guitarists, but I expected this was just the beginning. An electronic keyboard was set-up at the front of the stage, probably reserved for the mad scientist Ryan Leslie to make his YouTube videos come alive. Then, like the calm before the storm, Free, former host of BET’s 106 and Park, appeared on stage hyping the crowd as if Tupac was returning from his grave. The respect Free gave Ryan Leslie was unbelievable, especially considering Ryan’s still limited exposure across New York. It was refreshing to finally hear the mainstream give Ryan the respect he deserves, hopefully signifying a new era of talent. As Free walked off stage, the first few piano strokes to “Gibberish” played, one of the more mellow tracks on Ryan’s new debut album. The crowd erupted and began to snap their fingers, some of them already mouthing the words to the ironically word-less song. Ryan Leslie’s bodyguards cleared a path for him through the crowd and the musical genius himself appeared on stage and the crowd went absolutely wild, immediately recognizing he was in fact going to open with “Gibberish.” “I’d like to welcome you, to the Ryan Leslie experience,” he said, “I wrote this,” referring to “Gibberish,” “because sometimes, you just don’t know what to say.”

Ryan was ecstatic to be on stage in front of his fans, with some of them following him for years. By the end of “Gibberish” Ryan’s face was already beginning to perspire as he grinned upon hundreds of screaming fans. He continued with the energetic “Quicksand,” jumping around stage pointing at different instruments as if he was passing on some of his energy to them. Throughout the entire show Ryan was well-connected to his band and his environment, particularly in awe at the front row of star-struck, energetic females. At one point during his next song, “You’re Fly,” he took a young woman’s hand and proclaimed his catchy-hook, “Baby you’re fly, baby you’re fly, I love the way you walk and the look in your eye…” I found myself, although thrown in a pit of dancing, screaming females, singing along, and needless to say I was never ashamed.

Immediately I noticed Ryan’s versatile between his vocals, rhymes, and instrumentation. By only his third song Ryan had to wipe his face off with a towel because he was perspiring all over the stage and looked to be completely out-of-breath, only quickly to run right into “Diamond Girl,” his arguably biggest hit right now and gets enough radio-play to get most of the crowd putting their hands in the air. As Ryan began to slow down with “Valentine,” the electronic keyboard on-stage reflected the same feeling Ryan tries to emulate in this YouTube videos. Ryan at one point completely stopped singing and most of the front row was able to finish most of the song, probably as a newer and hard-working artist an unforgettable experience. As promised, the string quartet filed in onto the stage and played with Ryan until the end of “Addiction,” where another surprise jumped on stage, Lloyd. Lloyd transitioned into his verse from “Girls Around the World” and after giving Ryan his respects, ventured back into V.I.P along with Fonzworth Bentley and Tyson Beckford. At this point, Ryan looked completely drained from sliding from microphone to keyboard and keyboard to doing 360 degree spins on stage. The energy level on stage completely matched that of the crowds, so much in fact I don’t think they knew what to do with it.

After the lights completely dimmed, Ryan looked up at the ceiling, probably reminiscing on an extremely successful show, and transitioned into his final song, “How it Was Supposed to Be” with electric guitars screaming the introduction while Ryan positioned his arms across the stage. His enthusiasm continued with a passionate keyboard solo and a fist across his chest, just breathing in the last of the crowd’s energy for the night. He exited with every person rushing to the coat check humming “How it was Supposed to Be” and a satisfaction of knowing maybe Ryan just resurrected a passion in music that sometimes needs to reach surface.

Real talk.

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March 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

YouTube’s Undiscovered Gems

lwamShe sits impatiently, staring at her computer screen, looking at the latest comments on her YouTube.com page. Her fan base develops not through record sales and concert attendance, but through fans listening to her on her MySpace.com music page and watching her oftentimes comical yet always entertaining videos on YouTube.

She wakes up early, goes to one of her part-time jobs and spends the rest of the day at the studio with her producer, creating another crowd-pleasing track that will stir the internet audience, once again prompting viewers to respond with a flood of positive comments.

These positive comments are attributed not only to an angelic voice, but the rising skills of an amateur producer. He bears the title “amateur” because his equipment consists of a MacBook Pro and music editing software called “Garage Band.”

Struggling to keep up with the ever-demanding music industry, he spends hours at a time producing mind-blowing tracks and posting them on MySpace and YouTube.

Who are these people being fueled by their passion for music? Their names are Lwam Tecle, 20, and Ryan Tedder, 19, both from Cleveland and part of the music industry’s new era of young, technologically advanced talent.

Before Tecle and Tedder made the decision to become artists, the duo lived normal, post-high school teenage lives. Tedder grew up in Pittsburgh, learning to play piano at age eight and owning his first drum set at the tender age of three.

“It only lasted a week before I busted the heads, [my parents] put me in drum lessons when I was four years old,” he said.

His musical gift was most evident in his ability to listen to a song and play it back instantly. During his senior year of high school, Tedder was accepted into the Berkley College of Music but due to financial issues, decided to attend Tri-C, a local community college in Cleveland where he studied jazz.

Lwam Tecle became intrigued with music not by recognizing her own talent, but by humbly appreciating music in its purest art form.

“… I became obsessed with singing. It was like my own lil’ secret,” she said. “I was always nervous performing – I guess I am still learning how to do that.”

In order for Tecle to conquer her fear of the stage, she decided to bring her talent to the masses through the power of the Internet. Specifically through the popular social network MySpace and the video-sharing Web site YouTube.

“YouTube is so unbelievably powerful. The fact that you can get to know someone through a video is almost unreal,” Tecle said.

The dynamic partnership between Tecle and Tedder formed as if fate sustained the bond. While checking out some videos on YouTube of upcoming R&B singer and producer Ryan Leslie, Tedder said he was immediately intrigued by a response left by an attractive young female, Lwam Tecle.

“She impressed me … I decided to reach out to her and network. I didn’t think anything of it,” Tedder said.

After learning Tecle lived only 15 minutes away from Tedder’s home, the two agreed to meet up. The chemistry, evident by Tecle and Tedder’s videos on YouTube, was an instant hit. Tecle’s YouTube channel, “LTMUSICTV,” has almost 2,000 subscribers and almost 22,000 views and Tedder’s channel, “RyanTedder412,” has almost 4,000 subscribers and over 50,000 views.

“Word of mouth is the most convincing way to sell yourself,” Tecle said.

To date, Tecle and Tedder’s buzz has extended well beyond the regions of the Midwest. The two were recently featured on B94, a popular radio station in Pittsburgh, Pa. Their buzz is also sparking the interest of several major industry producers. Tecle requested their names not to mentioned.

Based on the incredible fan base they already have developed, the talented duo know fame is evident. Their determination is clear through their goals and ever-improving sound as collaborating artists.

Tecle relies on the producing techniques of Tedder, but with her goal to be “well-rounded as an artist,” Tecle plans on trying her hand on producing as well.

“I really want to get into producing so I can have a hand on the technical part of my projects,” she said.

Along with sharing their music with the world, both Tecle and Tedder have a desire to give back and help others.

“I am motivated by the idea of helping others with funds made doing something I love to do,” Tecle said.

Giving back, in Tedder’s definition, is creating a new music scene.

“After I land a few major placements, I plan to launch my own label, ‘Upscale Music Group,'” he said. “It is going to be a label run by myself and others who share my vision as producers, songwriters and artists who work collectively to create great music – people who share the same goal and creative minds to put out real music again.”

Producing, marketing, promoting, writing their own music and possessing the ultimate goal of helping others achieve their dreams, Tecle and Tedder represent the ultimate success story.

“What I will say is that I am not foolish for believing in something,” Tecle said. “It’s not like I forced a passion in my heart, it was naturally just there. I know what I want, and I know I have to work hard for it.”

Although the road to stardom is never an easy one, Lwam Tecle and Ryan Tedder welcome the bumps and detours along the way.

“That’s the beauty of the long road to getting into the industry; when you get to the end of it, it’s going to be well worth it, and you will appreciate it so much more,” Tecle said. “If I fail at this, I want to crash and burn, because if it doesn’t hurt falling, that means that I wasn’t trying as hard as I thought I was. We only have one life; don’t limit yourself to anything.”

Courtesy of The Independent Collegian (http://independentcollegian.com/2.10032/1.1322412-1.1322412)

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February 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mr. Ryan Leslie

ryan-leslie“They try to put me in a box, it’s impossible!” Ryan Leslie says in the beginning of “Diamond Girl” off of his much anticipated, self-titled, debut album. The question still remains, “who is Ryan Leslie?” for much of the crowd, but during the midnight release of his debut album on February 10th Leslie sold out the Times Square Virgin Super Store and during the 1st week was over 190% in projected album sales. Leslie’s album also topped out on iTunes top 10 albums just during the first day. So who is Ryan Leslie? A producer, song writer, singer, entrepreneur, performer, YouTube blogger, and a Harvard graduate at 19 years old with a degree in government and economics. RyanLeslieTV, his official YouTube channel, boasts over 50,000 subscribers and centralizes Leslie’s talent and passion in the studio which probably contributed to his first week’s outrageous album sales. While must underground artists look at YouTube as a median to distribute and showcase themselves, Leslie, on a mainstream level used it as distribution as well, but more importantly documented his entire life in and out of the studio to relate to his fans on a more personal basis. From creating a new hit track for his 2006 project Bad Boy-signed Cassie to catching lunch in Harlem, Ryan Leslie puts a camera on his star-studded lifestyle. Leslie even updates his facebook and twitter statues to where exactly he will be and fans have reported actually seeing and meeting up with him at those places. Studio sessions for Leslie are truly where his debut album shines, too bad they don’t come included on the album as extra content.

Leslie’s polished tracks on his debut are hardly the thin air they were created from. Walking into a studio with Ryan Leslie through the eyes of YouTube is like a fantasy of hundreds of different instruments coming together in perfect chemistry and Leslie is the mad scientist. At one point on his YouTube adventures Leslie rush orders a “pocket trumpet” from the internet and has it rush delivered to his door that same day just to sample a few notes from it. His adoration on YouTube creates an additional fan base that admires his pure music creation, not really his affiliation with any other artists or his probably unknown producing he did for artists such as Britney Spears, New Edition, or JoJo. The long overdue self-titled album, some fans who’ve waited years for, will be very much a repeat for many avid fans. A good portion of the tracks are the studio creations he documented on YouTube months before, but Leslie throws in some re-worked versions of old favorites and a good handful of newer tracks. With the exception of “Addiction” featuring Cassie and Fabulous, Leslie rides solo. The five-piece studio orchestra is found throughout the album which sets Ryan Leslie apart from the rest of the producing legends because the only thing he’s sampling is himself and so far the only thing he’s producing is the definition of passion.

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February 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Quality Hip-Hop, Quality Journalism

pen-factory The year is 2009 and I am just a blink away from completing my undergraduate career in a hope to become a journalist. I won’t sit here and tell you I’ve wanted to be a journalist my entire life, in fact, the last thing I ever wanted to pick up was a newspaper until my freshman year in college. I was a satisfied, uncurious American who paid little or no attention to the rest of the world, until I discovered writing. My story doesn’t start with a love for CNN, it starts with a love for hip-hop. I was an extremely, white, suburban (and I still am) hip-hop fan who became obsessed with hip-hop probably all throughout high school and continued into college.

After hours upon hours of nodding my head to the music, memorizing the lyrics, and have them ringing through my head the rest of the day at school, I was captivated by how much emotion an artist could put into a single hip-hop song. Now I’m not talking about that radio-stuff, I’m talking about the rest of hip-hop that goes relatively unnoticed. I felt as though something inside of these artists gave them a talent and skill to reach a mass number of people through captivating, sometimes unbelievable lyrics. There was a socially conscious aspect to many of these artists and I was determined to find out what made them tick. They were the voice for the voiceless, even role models for my generation.

I started to go back in time, before my generation, and look at how hip-hop evolved. What I discovered was hip-hop so much more than music, it was an entire culture. Hip-hop was personal expression in its purest and probably most attractive form. In response, I began to create my own hip-hop, scribbling in notepads, in and out of school, sometimes instrumentals blaring in the background. I never recorded any of it, I mean I would have probably sounded horrible, but people began to take notice. What happened without my knowing was I became much more conscious of the world around me. I began to operate in a worldly state of mind and that meant paying more attention to the news. My poetry and hip-hop became a zone where I could create the world around me from my point of view and people would pay attention because it was in an art form people were already accustomed to.

This is quality journalism and this is where I’m at today. Should they start spinning records on CNN? Why not, but think of hip-hop, in some respects, as a gateway to personal expression and in that expression hip-hop artists are able to educate and inform people. This is where I felt a calling and this is where I am today. My duty as a journalist is to educate my audience in the most pure, unbiased form possible. We utilize our five senses to give you the most accurate story and bring the world home to you. Before every journalistic piece I write, out of habit and perhaps nostalgia, I turn on my favorite hip-hop song and it inspires me. Even though I retired my hip-hop career, that same mindset still adds to my journalistic vision, and more importantly, I might actually make some money because Eminem and Vanilla Ice already came and left. Quality journalism is forever and as we proceed to give you what you need, we won’t stop, because we can’t stop.

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February 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

India.Arie – Testimony: Vol. 2, Love and Politics

vol2The beautiful, soulful India.Arie once again delivers positive, encouraging vibes through her passion for life and the music she creates in response. India.Arie’s newest LP, “Testimony Vol. 2: Love and Politics,” examines herself, her relationships, the world, and the love that radiates through it all. Although ‘love’ and ‘politics’ is an odd combination of words, India mentions both without sounding like a carbon-copy of the rest of the music industry who tend to emulate the Obama-craze. India brings a much-appreciated crowd as guest appearances, such as the ever-soulful Musiq and to satisfy the nostalgic hip-hop enthusiasts, MC Lyte. Otherwise, India holds her own, opening with “Therapy,” a reminiscent of “Voyage to India,” and to get her politics on, “Ghetto,” a Carlos Santana-like track exposing the hardships shared by humanity. Musiq makes his appearance on “Chocolate High,” a fun-track comparing love to a sweet-tooth’s favorite treat. Every several tracks India inserts short, 50-second prayer-like devotions to God which ultimately sets the tone for the whole album and keeps the listener focused on the message.

“He Heals Me,” a beautiful track about a lover and a best friend is definitely a stand-out track. The more political side of the album continues on several tracks for the rest of the album and the poetic compositions about love continue to impress. India tends to reach the deepest emotions in the darkest, sometimes forgotten, corners of our hearts and it’s interesting to see her experiencing with more worldly-related subjects such as politics. The worldview India creates in most evident in “Pearls,” a heartfelt track about the everyday struggles of the lower-class around the world and in reality how we are all connected, “the sun shows her no mercy, the same sky we lay under.” Another worldview track, “The Cure,” this takes love and substitutes it for the cure for everything in the world and the power it invokes, even in the political sense. Here we get a feel for the meaning of the album title and it works. Some favorites will probably consist of, “Yellow,” a Stevie Wonder snapping track and “Psalms 23,” a hip-hop/jazz composition featuring a verse by the much-missed MC Lyte, and the most refreshing, motivational track of Volume 2 comes as a surprising bonus-track, “Beautiful Day.” The heaviest political track on the album, “Better Way,” is slightly cliché, but the guitar riffs and India’s soulful chant makes up for content. India.Arie continues to stay consistent and creates another memorable album, challenging our minds and our hearts.

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February 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Arlene’s Grocery

More music from the big apple.  Interestingly enough, most of these bands attracted a large crowd for a Tuesday night.  The set included The Populists, Lizzy Grant, Band of Theives, Clinton Curtis, and Manhattan’s infamous cover band, Just the Tip.

Lizzy Grant

Lizzy Grant

Band of Theives

Band of Thieves

Clinton Curtis

Band of Thieves

February 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chuck ‘D’

ChuckEnter the 1960s and breathe in a world of revolution and restoration. The music, the experimental drugs, and more importantly, the culture, were a unified fist fighting for peace. Although some of the means were wrong, the purpose was there, and it is this unification that all of us secretly long for in our broken, weary hearts in today’s age. Enter the 1960s and also enter the birthplace of Carlton Douglas Ridenhour in Roosevelt, New York or as the world now recognizes him as, “Chuck D.” For the much younger crowd, Chuck D was the man behind the socially conscience rap group called ‘Public Enemy,” which may be remembered for the outrageous antics by Flava Flav, but should be dissected for its lyrics and depth of honesty and boldness. Today, Chuck D is now recognized as a legend, and rightfully so, but a legend in a music industry is he no longer performing in. Although Public Enemy may have faded in the distance, it seems we need them now more than ever. Chuck D may not be throwing a fist in the air on stage and educating his audience about worthy causes in a lyrical composition, but he is still just as appealing and influential. He has been called a humanitarian and a role model, but more importantly, he is able to step outside the media box and steer the future in the right direction. New York University students filed in the Skirball Performing Center as they normally do expecting to sit only several feet in front of a celebrity. A celebrity they would take hundreds of pictures of without a giving a second thought about the magnitude of his influence. The Catherine B. Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship at NYU opens the eyes and ears to real, effective social change.Chuck D’s approach was from the perspective of the media and shutting out their ideas and creating our own. Particularly in the African American community, Chuck heavily focused on the media’s way of defining African American culture, “We do shit, somebody else defines us,” he said. Networks like MTV, BET, and radio stations like Hot 97’ here in NYC, according to Chuck, are poor depictions of reality and to base our musical tastes and definitions of genres on them is just another way media defines our world.

Chuck reminded the students at NYU to be who you are and be proud of what you represent where many artists are falling short. Think of the artists on the radio we look up to, who are they really under all of the stardom? Dissecting the world through the microscope of Chuck D was refreshing because it was from a perspective that hardly exits in popular culture. Chuck on stage was more than an artist, writer, or speaker; he was a symbol for social change and not in the musical sense, which may have been overlooked by some. Artists like Public Enemy probably would not get radio play on today’s media sector because it seems the media has already defined what music is and we obey and listen to that claim. While NYU students will not all enter the music industry and have the know-how to be social entrepreneurs, Chuck reminds us to simply stay in school. This NYU community can stand against this “radio radiation movie nation,” as Chuck put it, and rise against backwards thinking. The transformation of celebrity to social activist occurred on that stage and that is what perhaps gave the audience the sense of being dumbfounded and star struck. It was in this refreshing view of celebrity status the audience could throw-up a fist and shout, “fight the power!”

Real talk.

January 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Trash Bar

'Ashes'

'Ashes'

'I Love Monsters'

'I Love Monsters'

After tapping my feet to the repetitive songs coming out of my headphones on the subway everyday I was itching to try something different. I needed a taste of New York City’s music scene to satisfy my eternal attraction to underground melodic, rhythmic bliss. Cleveland, my hometown, appears for the first time in this first edition of “Weekly Underground” (I just came up with that, pretty cool huh?). One of my best friends from Cleveland, Jay Metcalf, who also happens to be my fraternity brother, introduced me to a band awhile back called “Ashes” he manages. After missing the first show in Toledo on the count of my unwillingness to show up on time, I bet my life I would be at the NYC show. This unlikely combination of a cello, keyboard, drums, and an acoustic, electric, and bass guitar will have you begging for an encore.

While their album does spark interest, it surely does not do them justice. Most of their tracks were inspired by the many travels the band undertakes. With a deep emphasis on lyrics, each song was a blessing on stage. The members clearly have a close relationship with each other as well. This is apparent on-stage with the chemistry evoked, but more evident off-stage if you get the rare opportunity to experience their lives when the lights go down. Along with the Ashes boys (and girl) came the pop/punk ensemble known as, “I Love Monsters” who I found myself jamming-out to, but you may be able to blame that on the combination of the open bar and my very first New York City show. All-in-all though both bands came strong and I was extremely satisfied only spending $7 on a cover, open bar for an hour, and ‘free’ (that’s right, free), PBR’s in that hour. Bargain. Following the show at the Brooklyn venue, “The Trash Bar,” which I highly-recommend, all of us hopped in taxi’s, groupies and all, and traveled to several bars. What I find amusing in New York City is after a show, no matter how packed it seemed to be, no one recognizes you after that. I expected a sounding of cheers when we walked into a bar, but after adjusting myself to the massive world of NYC’s music scene I checked back into reality. Happen to see “Ashes” or “I Love Monsters” coming your way in the near future? Well, you may not be sipping on a seemingly unlimited supply of PBR’s, but you will enjoy yourself, I promise.

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January 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Embrace the World

Bridge to Success

Welcome to my blog.  Perhaps unwisely, I have chosen the profession journalism. Let’s turn the clock back 10 years or so ago.  Could America predict this?  The almost certain death of print journalism?  Computers replacing print presses? At first, the very thought was intimidating, but change is good.  Computers allow more of a direct feedback from the reason why we are journalists, the people.  Our audience is now able to instantaneously comment on the latest and greatest breaking news and even write news stories of their own.  It is refreshing to see the public participating more in the world around them.  With the Internet occupying a great percentage of Americans’ time, news was so conveniently placed in the digital world it is fed through our subconscious.  The newsroom has almost become an advertising agency because we throw our headlines where ever these web addicts decide to roam.  We must remember journalism, while the technology of it is changing, will be one of the most consistent professions on the market.  The blogging world must embrace us first before they craft their own opinions otherwise there exists no foundation to their argument, statement, or opinion.  I am the ears, eyes, and voice to the world and no technological advancement can change that.  Embrace the world around you and I encourage you to participate in this phenomenon know as, ‘citizen journalism.’

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January 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment