Storify

Using Storify was fascinating! I really like being able to pull information together from many different places. However, using it for Milan Fashion Week was interesting because I wasn’t sure exactly how to place the information. Since Fashion Weeks are kind of disorganized in the first place, I decided to organize my Storify by topic, rather than breaking news or the order of fashion shows. Considering this was not a news story, I figured it would be okay to put my own spin on it and so, I only featured my favorite designers and looks from Milan Fashion Week rather than have only one or two posts about each show.

My Storify!

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Josh Stearns on Storify

I have to admit Storify is one of the really great tools to come out of social media, especially after listening to Josh Stearns, from Free Press, talk about his 2011 Storify of the Year. His Storify that won is called “Tracking Journalist Arrests at Occupy Protests Around the Country”, and he was capable of drawing information from various social media outlets to portray the disturbing treatment journalists were receiving. He explained to us, once something it posted to Storify it is archived there, and cannot be deleted, which was one of his difficulties while picking information to put on the Storify. He ran into multiple people who had deleted their posts from their own social media outlets, but they were still archived on his Storify.  Ultimately he decided he wouldn’t delete the posts because, as he said, people should learn to censor themselves, which I agree with. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!

I also agree with Stearns in that it is fantastic that stories can be arranged and then rearranged based on breaking news and/or incoming information. However, I think it does pose problems because stories can then become slightly skewed, which Stearns also touched on when he said its hard to balance the author’s voice versus the real social content. But then again, considering people can comment or share on Storifys I suppose this can be counteracted.

I completely agree that Storify will become a major media tool for journalists in the future, much more so than Twitter. Considering posts can be archived, which can be very useful in capturing someone saying something they shouldn’t be saying, and create a very clear picture of newsworthy stories in the order of events; Storify’s will probably end up on most newspaper websites for every major occurrence around the world.

Dream of Music…Literally.

Tablet put together a sort of well curated list of hotels for music lovers, so I had to share! Not that I agree with all of them, but here they are…

Nhow Berlin, in well…Berlin, Germany, boasts two recording studios on the premises. Personally, I think this is pretty cool! Berlin has turned into a pretty hip, artistic city from what I’ve gathered so it’s also a brilliant marketing strategy! Inside, it’s incredibly colorful and uniquely modern, thanks to design pro Karim Rashid. The only picture I found to be different than this design aesthetic is this one, and my personal favorite:

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Located in West Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, the Sunset Marquis Hotel has been newly renovated and is apparently very private. Its bar, uniquely named Bar 1200, is reported so strict with admission it only accepts the rich and famous. The more I read about this hotel, the more I think pretentious, and so not rock & roll, but it’s on the list probably because it appeals to mainstream artists and music industry buffs.

As for The Clarence in Dublin, Ireland, well, it happens to be owned by Bono and the Edge of U2. If that doesn’t make it pretty awesome, I don’t know what else does. But again, this seems to appeal more to the music industry people and actors rather than the common folk, with a grand piano located in the penthouse suite. However, as Tablet points out, “The owners have never been much for hedonistic rock star excess…” [this is] more of the sort of place you’d chat with your writer friends than dance on tabletops.”

The Setai in Miami, Florida is an eight-story art deco building located on the beach and surrounded by palm trees. Inside, the only word I can think of using is zen, with its muted, dark colors. Apparently the rooms are so over the top, they top most of the other Miami Beach hotels. Again, I find myself wondering why this hotel is on this list, but it is!

The Alexis Hotel Seattle in Seattle, Washington is a boutique hotel, which is surprisingly not boutique-y! But, it’s apparently the specialty suites that are the most incredible, probably because each is inspired by Seattle’s art community. My personal favorite would most likely be the Experience Music Project suite, which features blown-up black and white concert photos and album covers all over the walls. Pretty sweet!!

Can you see Jamaica without Reggae? Exactly. No. So, the Geejam in Port Antonio, Jamaica is a beautiful fit. Beginning as a recording studio, it hasn’t grown too much since with only seven units. It’s location is incredibly low-key: it’s closer to the beaches than the nightlife of Port Antonio.

Located in one of the epicenters of indie-rock, Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, Texas, also boasts a vinyl library. (Instantly making this another place I must stay.) The place seems to be nothing but hip on the inside. And I think this can express its awesomeness more so than my words:

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The Ellington Hotel also in Berlin, Germany, is named after Duke Ellington the Jazz great. ‘nough said. It’s “golden-age elegance” spans 285 rooms, and the local Jazz station sets up shop by the bar each night for guests listening pleasure.

The Hotel Opera in Madrid, Spain is conveniently located right across the street from the Royal Opera, but besides that and the singing waiters, its not much of a musically inclined hotel.

And finally, the Ace Hotel New York in, yours truly’s beloved city, New York, NY. I’m sold on this one with the vintage turntables and the library adorned with vinyl alone. But this is THE hotel to go to if you’re simply “rock & roll”. It features vintage, refurbished furniture and you can’t go wrong with the lobby bar, which has definitely made a name for itself amongst the hipsters.

Pictures and referenced article courtesy of Tablet Hotels

BostInno

I think BostInno is definitely part of the new wave of journalism! I know a few of the other websites I regularly check started in one city and then ventured out into others. It’s a great way to accumulate money, rather than just starting big. I also found Mr. Garbarino’s presentation on his other projects intriguing! The fact he basically came up with Pinterest is quite incredible! I also liked how he kept drilling it into us that if ever want to get anything done we need to be persistent and not give up. His idea on mentioning companies/ people in articles in order to get some funding or just a meeting from them is great advice as well. I really dislike that he named the section called channels, “channels”. Personally, I have no idea what else it would be called, but I definitely think someone should figure out a new name for it! Also, I’m not crazy about their layout. I find it very tabloid-y! There is just so much going on on the page. Despite this, I think the website will do well with expansion because it covers many audiences and interests in one place, which is what people want.

A Branded Oktoberfest, Called Octoberfest!

For my event I covered Sam Adams Octoberfest on Friday evening. It was interesting to tweet from because while they didn’t have much an itinerary for the night, but instead had stations guests could float freely between.  Walking in, the staff put a sticker on everyone’s shirt and handed everyone 3 drink tickets, a list of beers on tap, a beer tasting journal, and a stein already filled with beer. I was then let out into a giant hall with long tables in the middle to sit at. I didn’t realize the sicker they put on my shirt had a beer on it, and suddenly someone ran up to me and shouted, “you’re my match!” After I was dragged to a table in the back, I realized we had to find our beer match in order to get a Oktoberfest hat. I still find this awesome because it forced people to talk to other people and make friends. They then had a pretzel tossing game, make your own pretzel necklace station, and a beer tasting station. So while I was able to tweet about the things occurring at the stations, and just generally around the event, there wasn’t really any “news” to report. However, they did have a huge screen in the room screening tweets that “hash-tagged” samOfest, which I found interesting!

If this was a newsworthy event, I can’t imagine being able to say everything I would want to in a tweet. I feel as though it would undermine the situation, unless it was just referencing the news story. After this, I think it is more of a PR tool than a news tool. I think it’s good for posting pictures and getting out event information, but not about important things that may be occurring.

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My Inner Skeptic is Chirping in My Head

I can’t say twitter was much of an asset to me since I had to create my own twitter about a day ago. I understand how it could be an asset to news or sports organizations who can sum up their important, breaking news in one or two sentences, but for me, I can’t see it yet. The only thing twitters regarding music seem to provide me with are new downloads, but considering I am on my cell phone looking at these tweets it makes it difficult to listen to the demos, or download them. I find it much easier to go to the music blogs I enjoy reading when I have time to sit there and listen to demos and download them if I wish.  As for fashion twitters, all they seem to give me are links. Maybe it’s useful during fashion week to instantly post looks as they go down the runway, but even so, I would rather look at the articles and pictures on my own time. Also, the sponsored posts are so incredibly obvious, they are worse than advertisements flashing on a web page.

@nytimesfashion and @harpersbazaarus seems to post headlines, followed by links, while @refinery29 is a little better and adds some enthusiasm to their empty posts also followed by a link, and worst of all @bazaarUK didn’t even write sentences majority of the time, but only hash tags and links. In their defense, it is hard to write a headline with substance for a fashion story because it is a topic that must be shown, or described, which are two things twitter is not good for. @Glamour_fashion was probably the best fashion twitter out of them all.  They summed up what I needed to know about designer collections and trends in a few sentences, of course followed by links but I didn’t feel the desire to have to look at them because they did a great job explaining. Also, @victoriabeckham actually told me something about an exhibit I did not know was occurring at the Met in New York, even though it was not about fashion, but about art. And @thezoereport (a fashion site run by Rachel Zoe) actually told me a little something about music, even though I was on my phone and couldn’t find out whether it was actually good music or not, but the fact they posted “tunes” in a tweet impressed me! @Dazedmagazine shared many potentially good pieces of new music, but again, I was on my phone all day without the time to listen. @RollingStone also provided potentially good and free downloads of music, but yet again, I frustratingly could not do a thing about it. And as for the Sirius Radio sites (@SXMoctane, @siriusoctane, @altnation, and @siriusfaction) only @siriusoctane and @siriusfaction posted tweets about what they were playing at that moment, which again could be good music but if I’m not on my computer, its entirely invaluable to me.

Overall, I cannot say I am enjoying my twitter experience and look forward to being rid of it, until I am actually being paid to deal with it. But you never know! Maybe it will grow on me!

Attitude is Everything

Age is nothing but a number. This is (hopefully) true for everyone, except probably models, in which they are thrown to the wayside by the time they turn 28. But this was not the case when a flash mob occurred in Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week. No, it was not dancers. No, it was singers. And no, it was not PETA angrily making a statement against the use of fur in fashion. It was a group of elderly women putting on their own fashion show organized by Ari Seth Cohen, of Advancedstyle.blogspot.com, and included this very stylish woman here among others:

Photo by Ari Seth Cohen

Fashion week in New York is probably the best time to stage any kind of fashion statement, let alone by the age group that seems to be continuously ignored and put down in our society. According to the photographer Brandon Stanton from HumansofNewYork.com, “…the real fun began when security moved in and tried to break the whole thing up. These ladies had long past the age of being ordered around, and weren’t taking any crap. My favorite moment involved this 95 year old woman chest-bumping a 300 lb security guard.” Only in New York.