The Downside to Being Hilarious.

Oh, yeah…there’s a downside. Let me help you understand very quickly.

First off, I’m hilarious…that may sound cocky but it’s no joke. You’re going to have to take my word on that so we can continue.

Okay, so…the downside. Hey, fellas, remember that idiot friend of yours who convinced you that this chick was “into you” because you kept her laughing? Well, in most cases that’s right…I’m convinced that a chick will laugh at anything a dude says if she is into him.

And here: the Downside, if you’re hilarious (by this logic) you would think most chicks are into you. Here lies the problem…most chicks AREN’T into you.

Solution: find out if you’re hilarious. Now, this isn’t easy but I’m going to try and simplify it for you in a few complicated steps.

One, actually listen to what you’re saying when this chick laughs. Ask yourself, “Why is this funny?” “Is it actually funny?”

Even if you don’t think something is funny doesn’t mean it wasn’t funny. You might not fit your own demographic in this situation. Humor is subjective, remember that…

Anyways, this is simple…just test your words in similar contexts with a different audience.

If you get a majority percentage to laugh, then you are indeed funny, but if you don’t…then she might be into and you wasted all this time for nothing.

All of this, to say: Girls don’t take interest in funny dudes, because girls like douchebags and douchebags aren’t funny.

Go ahead, check my math.

TOW: Using Storify

Using Storify is pretty simple…take my word for it.  I’ve used it before, I have proof…I covered the NBC’s Halloween Thursday Night Comedy line-up. Since I have covered at least one story using Storify, I am qualified to give my five tips for using Storify.

Tip #1.

“Cover something that’s worth covering.” I can some this up by saying: Do as I say, not as I do.

Tip #2.

“Use a hashtag that will give you the most relevant tweets.” Sometimes an event will have a designated hashtag that they will want people to use when they tweet about the event, find this hashtag and search for it and you’re golden.

Tip #3.

“Weed out all of the spam.” A lot of spam accounts will latch onto popular hashtags…like leeches.

Tip #4.

“Include your own tweets.” You have to give your own personal opinion on the event as well as be at that event, but don’t over do it with your own tweets…just a few every now and then.

Tip #5.

“Don’t overcomplicate it, it’s easy.” Just compile the tweets and what have you and get out of there, and hopefully you did a good job.

I hope this helps a little bit, but not too much…check out my Storify below.

View the story “NBC Thursday Night Comedy: Live Blog.” on Storify]

TOW: Citizen Journalism

Citizen Journalism, such a hard concept to grasp…not really, it’s self-explanatory: it’s citizens doing things that a journalist would do, inadvertently covering a story.  In the age we live in, citizen journalism is becoming more and more prevalent.  Everyone that owns a smart phone can potentially capture a story through a picture taken with an iPhone.  Citizen journalism is a more direct way of getting information to the masses with social networking (like Twitter, for example), but the real factor that makes this the case is the power and reach of the internet.

Some of the first images that people saw of 9/11 were captured by citizen journalists.

Citizen Journalism gives a a raw look at the world, and it really makes you think…an average person like all of us captured these images or reported and blogged about this event they saw happen live and it almost makes the event more personal.  No offense to “real” journalists, obviously…it’s just the time we live in where almost anyone can report the news, but also it won’t be one person exclusively reporting a story.  There is no more exclusivity to news stories anymore.

The times are changing and now most people gets their news the quick way and they just check twitter.  We live in such a fast paced society that no one wants to spend time watching the 7 o’clock news.  Citizen Journalism aids that, so I guess I’m cool with it.

TOW: Google?

Google is a search engine, but apparently it’s an engine that runs differently for every individual person who uses it.  That’s what Eli Pariser is proposing in the video below, he has a run tests and has basically proven this fact.

But what does this mean for the internet and how we all use it? This could mean that we are only shown what Google thinks we want to see and it might not show us news stories that we should maybe see.  Google is trying to keep us out of the loop, while trying to cater to what we like based on what we normally search for.  It’s done out of trying to help, but it hinders what is included in the cone of what we see when we search.  This selective permeability is limiting what the internet is for each individual person, this personalizing is changing what the internet is.  The internet should be a community that shares as much information as possible with as many people as possible.  The internet is literally an interconnection of computers all across the world, so I don’t think anyone’s intent should be to filter what information is shared.

This just shows how the engineers at Google think they can use a algorithm to figure out what any certain person would want to see when they search any word on their site.

I don’t like this. (Part 2)

I might have opened up a debate in my post a while ago (a couple minutes ago).

It has been brought to my attention that there may be a difference between Hipsters and Indie-dudes.

Well, let me explain something to those who might think that…these terms or titles that we use to stereotype people are totally based on personal perspective, or at least that’s how it starts off.  These personal perspectives are then confirmed by a group of people and then as that group of people who agree on the term and its meaning grows it becomes confirmed by society.

Using that reasoning, “Hipster” and “Indie” are synonymous and I have at least three people who agree…it’s only a matter of time.

I don’t like this.

I don’t like this.

The National.

Why is this band not popular?

I’m not trying to be one of those dudes who’s like: “No one’s ever heard of this band; that means they’re cool!” Whether or not I am one of those dudes has yet to be seen, but I can tell you for sure that I’m not trying to be one of those dudes.

Lyrically and musically superior to Arcade Fire and they won a Grammy. Wait…side-note: If music that appeals to hipster/indie “individuals” becomes popular or recognized then it ceases to be indie and/or hipster music.  Let me explain: hipsters (interchangeable with indie individuals) only listen to music because it is “unpopular” or “anti-mainstream.” Hipsters are like scavengers in the way that once something is deemed “cool to do” by society, the hipsters will move on. Hipsters are all about doing things before it’s cool. ie: “I was jumping off cliffs before it was cool,” said the hipster.

Anyways…back to the National.

Logically they appeal to at least two groups of people.

Drummers and English majors.

Let’s start with the English majors.  They will like the National because every song is riddled in semantic mystery.  It is like a couple-hundred-piece puzzle trying to figure out what the songwriter is saying and it’s good for more than one listen. Here is an excerpt from the song “Karen” off of their 2005 album Alligator:

Without warm water in my head
All I see is black and white and red
I feel mechanical and thin
Hear me play my violin again
I’m living in the target’s shoes
All I see is black and white and blue.
Idle, idle, idle, idle, protect the nest
Protect the title 

What is he singing about? He’s drunk…that’s one interpretation. Another things about the lyrics: they are so ambiguous that there can be more than one meaning in every line, which some people might hate…but that’s okay, because they suck.

Drummers will love the National…well, just listen.