I ain't afraid to admit it, I can be fairly narcissistic. Let's face it, I am writing a blog about me for goodness sake. And in case you have momentarily forgotten, it is still sweeps month here at the Scooting Scholar blog. I told you it was going to big. But before I continue with another exciting episode about me, I want to make you aware of a new netizen of the blogoshphere. My friend Dani has a new advice blog she calls "HeyDaniGirl." And unlike some advice columnists out there, Dani has actually lived life, worked in corporate America and now owns her own firm.
Dani and I met a few years ago when we were both grad students. She is a very smart go-getter who has used her skills to build herself professionally. I very much admire her tenacity and business acumen and I am sure you will find her advice blog very appealing and useful. Check out Dani's advice at heydanigirl.blogspot.com.
So, where we...?
Oh yes, my narcissism. Like I said, I admit to a fair amount of it, otherwise how could I send my blog out to all of you with a straight face? And when I think of narcissism, there is probably no greater form than to talk about oneself on television.
As most of you know, I love both television and the Internet. I love the power of television in terms of its ubiquity, ease of use to operate, and its ability to coalesce massive audiences. On the other hand, the great appeal of the Internet is that it has allowed little people like you and me to reach dozens of people (and potentially many, many more) for very little cost. So you can imagine how excited I became when one of my students asked me to be a guest on a show she helps produce for USC's television station, Trojan Vision, CU@USC.
OK, I realize it's not network TV or even cable, but CU@USC still has the potential to reach nearly one million households since it is carried on the LA Municipal cable channel, so it's definitely a lot of eyeballs.
In the case of Trojan Vision what you essentially get is both worlds since in addition to having programs like CU@USC carried on local cable, it is also broadcast on the Internet and can be watched by anyone anywhere. This is also a fact that scares television executives shitless (that may be a bit strong of a term, but I think it really illuminates how nervous the suits at the networks have become) - when the potential of the Internet and the ability of regular Joes, Susies, and dare I say even Richards can produce programs for audiences of many different sizes. The growth of video sites like YouTube and their brethren have exacerbated this fear.
For instance, as you probably have noticed, there is a link embedded in this entry to a video that was posted to the aforementioned YouTube. Yes, it is of me, and while it may be a little dry, I would like to think it is at least somewhat interesting (I have only given you the first third - I just hope you can get past the out of synch audio). But what is so absolutely awesome about it is that I actually posted the video myself for all of you to see, if you choose. Even better, you can too.
While thousands upon thousands of us have posted to YouTube and their ilk, millions more have not. But keep in mind that you too can create your own blog as well as your own video network. So go ahead share your videos and help transform the entertainment landscape.
Well, I gotta scoot.