Friday, February 27, 2015

The Death of a Legend

For those few of you who haven't heard, Leonard Nimoy died today.

I didn't know the man. Never met him or even saw him outside of a TV screen. Have no idea what his passions were or if he spent his days just getting by like most of us. But I love him.

I love him because he played a part in a TV show that my father and I bonded over. Because of him, my father lives on in that show. I love him because he kept playing that part long past the time when the next generation knew who he was. But they came to know and love him too. I love his photography. It helped me see people at their best when in their worst. I love him because he embodied all the things that I hoped for the future.

And now he's gone.

So what does that mean? Does that mean that I stop watching the things I loved him in most or that I turn my face from the images he brought into the world? Do I despair for the World as I know it?

I don't think so. I think it means that I have a responsibility to carry on where he left off. I must bring beauty into the World. I must play the part of the hero even if all I am doing is playing the part. I must be the person I believed he was, and share that with everyone I meet, so that person never dies.

Today, I will cry for my loss, and for his family. Tomorrow, I will carry on. It is only logical.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chef and Social Media

After much prompting by friends who know what I do for a living (and actually understand it) I finally sat down and watched Chef. For those of you who haven't seen it, the story is about a chef who loses his will to cook and gets a swift kick in the butt from the social media world when a critic goes to town on his cuisine.

The question I have gotten from the people who wanted me to watch it most commonly is, can that really happen? The honest answer is yes, but it doesn't often.

The movie depicts a confluence of events that make a well known food critics blog post, and a brand new twitter chef's tweet go viral. Sort of like a flash mob without the mob. The thing is, if both of them had been completely unknown, the chances of the world taking notice were very slim. With over 7 Billion people on the planet, and (guesstimating) about half of those people on the net, most people just get lost in the flood. You have to really stand out in some way if you want the netizens of the World to be aware of you.

Given that, why bother?

The internet is a very different place than the world of print news, TV commercials, or movie theaters. Here, information can change in an instant and there are no constants. On the internet, World events can be influenced by the everyday nobodies, the only rule is 34, and cat videos are King. Anyone who has access to a computer can cure cancer, build a better mousetrap, or sell a dirtier soap. There are very few limits, and the boundaries are your imagination. The internet has become a Global Think Tank. All you have to do, is tap into it.

The only question really is, what do you have to offer?