THE MIAMI BLOG OLYMPICS

30 Jan

MIAMI OLYMPICSTHE MIAMI BLOGSCENE IN 2015 IS UNRECOGNIZABLE FROM JUST 2 YEARS AGO.  INSTAGRAM KILLED THE LAST FEW TUMBLRS THAT WERE STILL DOING THEIR THING. MUSES ARE REAL & WHEN THEY ARE GONE, THEY ARE GONE.  MIAMI ISN’T LONDON OR LA.  THOSE CITIES HAVE MULTIPLE MEDIA LISTING EVERY EVENT UNDER THE SUN.  MIAMI IS MUCH MORE EXCLUSIVEYOU HAVE TO PAY TO PLAY. 💰💰💰DISCOTEKKA 2013BLOGGING IS A MARATHON. WE LEFT OUR MIAMI BEACH STUDIOS, & RELOCATED TO THE HEART OF LITTLE HAVANA IN 2013.  AT THAT TIME WE NOTICED THE OTHER BLOGS BEGINNING TO DIMINISH THEIR POST FREQUENCY, WE DECIDED TEST A TWELVE POST PER MONTH FORMAT, WHICH WE ADHERED TO FOR THE ENTIRETY OF 2014.MIAMI DEADENDSAT CENTRAL ST MARTINS  JAMES KING LECTURED ON THE VALUE OF MICROBRANDING.  SO WHEN WE GOT TO MIAMI, 924COLLECTIVE BEGAN AS ADVENTURE IN MICRO-BRANDING & INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM.  UTILIZING FREE RESOURCES:  WORDPRESS, SOUNDCLOUD, TWITTER, & STUMBLEUPON.  WE HAD A FASCINATING CONVERSATION WITH DOMINGO CASTILLO ABOUT THE DIGITAL CULTURE SHIFT, WHERE EVERYONE IS PRODUCING FREE CONTENT.  NEWS MEDIA NOW RELIES ON FOOTAGE SENT IN BY AMATEURS.  COCA COLA USED TO SPEND MILLIONS ON AN ELABORATE CAMPAIGN, NOW THEY JUST RE-POST USER SUBMITTED CONTENT ON BILLBOARDS.MIAMI REAL TALKFLASH FORWARD TO 2014 WE SAW THE ARTLURKER WRITERS PRIZE & DEBATED ENTERING A PIECE, WITH THE “REWARD” OF $50 A POST RUN.  CONSIDERING ANYTHING OVER 250 WORDS, IS EARNING LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE. A QUICK INTERNET SEARCH REVEALS A 20C A WORD MINIMUM.  SO THE PRIZE IN EFFECT IS PAYING 50% LESS FOR THE EXACT SAME WORK AS IF THEY HIRED A WRITER. THE PRIZE UNDERCUTTING THE VALUE OF THE WINNERS WRITING. WOWZANEVER X2 LAND AFTER GRADUATION WE WERE CONTACTED BY A JOURNALISM STUDENT, WHO HAD TO CREATE A MAGAZINE FOR HER MASTERS.  LONG STORY SHORT, SHE DIDN’T HAVE THE SKILLS TO PUBLISH A MAGAZINE.  IN EFFECT I WAS TAKING MY MFA FINAL EXAM WITHOUT SPENDING THE $60,000 TO GET IT.  THIS WAS A PARADIGM COMING OUT OF ART SCHOOL.  TOP CREATIVE COMPANIES WOULD HEADHUNT DEMANDING A MINIMUM 6-12 MONTH UNPAID INTERNSHIPS. AN UNPAID WORK VORTEX FOR PEOPLE WITH MFAS FROM THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART!?!  A FRIEND CONFESSED TO WORKING INTENSE 14 HOUR WORKDAYS UNPAID DESIGNING MENSWEAR AT ALEXANDER MCQUEEN.  SO EXPLOITATIVE LABOR IS ALIVE AND KICKING IN THE HEART OF THE CREATIVE WORLD, ITS JUST HOW YOU PACKAGE IT. JUST ELABORATE EXERCISES IN DIMINISHING RETURNS.ALPHA GAMMA DELTA

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