Things change so fast that a modern person needs a smart phone to keep score. Relying on old paradigms is silly, but there must be somebody out there who still uses a dial-up phone. Perhaps the MOST remarkable game changer is social media. Communication is now instantaneous, contemporaneous and spontaneous. A-N-E-O-U-S, sounds like a Greek word meaning butt hole, please excuse the digression.
Among the social media venues, the most compelling in terms of information exchange is Twitter. Perhaps the limitation to 140 characters forces concise, on point thinking. Not much fluff, mostly meat might be the best way to capture the essence of a Tweet. In a way tweeting is like texting, short and on the money. Not chatty, not intimate and not sweaty are all characteristics of new communication. Well, sexting is sweaty, but that's another matter...
Some get their news from Twitter. What? Some folks get their news from Twitter. Anathema! But hold on, check out Twitter and lo and behold virtually all established news sources (yes the NYT too) are tweet freaks. Be reminded that the Twit news is instantaneous. For examples, just look over the Twitter responses during the recent USA-Japan Womens World Cup soccer game. Blow by blow... Final score, bam, to the second it happened. Wanna wait for the six o'clock news or the daily rag on the stoop in the morning?
In truth, traditional newspapers are dead in the water. No, not the reporting, not the investigation, not the conscience. Indeed not. Society needs the essence of what a newspaper does, just not the paper itself. Much like a bricks and mortar store is effete in a virtual world so is newsprint. Ice boxes, gas lights, carburetors and bias ply tires have all suffered similar demises. BUT their replacements; smart refrigerators, electric lights, fuel injection and green radial tires are all markedly BETTER!
But there's more. People can speak out and be heard like no time in history. Tweeting how you feel sure beats an Op-Ed entry... Cyberspace has huge ears and a memory too. Twit happy fingers need to be careful. But humans like to talk, er tweet, to express themselves and to be heard. There is sooo much free information available (some of it whack, though) that DIY has taken on a new meaning.
Well, that's nice. But the essence of this blog is Tyler Baltierra. First appearing on Sixteen and Pregnant, Tyler made an impact as a sensitive, attractive and sensible young man. Here's a synopsis of that show, #106, which aired on MTV, July 16, 2009.
Teen Mom is a spin off of Sixteen. Four of the original "stars" of Sixteen are followed as they get older and they deal with the realities of their decisions. Of the four (Catelynn Lowell, Maci Bookout, Farah Abraham and Amber Portwood) three have kept their babies. Catelynn and Tyler opted for adoption. Here's a description of Catelynn's and Tyler's ongoing saga... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_Mom
Now during their adventures, Catelynn and Tyler endear themselves to the audience. There is no magic or trickery. Their inherent goodness wins the day. Nice people don't always finish last. Tyler, himself, though has become a sweetie. So successful is he, that two recent Tweets (from July 20, 2011) force the conclusion that Mr. Baltierra may have a financial future just being himself.
Addijay Addison TimlinDo you believe in magic in a young girl's heart
How the music can free her, whenever it starts
And it's magic, if the music is groovy
It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie
I'll tell you about the magic, and it'll free your soul
But it's like trying to tell a stranger 'bout rock and roll
So based on these two Tweets (admittedly a small sample size, but how wet does a person need to get before realizing it's raining), Tyler Baltierra is a Twit Pick for success. All he needs is to be properly marketed and the sky is the limit for him. He has a future...
- love columnist
- clothing line
- acting (soaps)
- hat designer
- being himself
- can he sing?
Tweedos know all. Twitter has its finger on the pulse beat of the world. Social media RULES. Indeed!
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