Inactivity

Dear esteemed reader,

You may notice a large gap of inactivity on this blog. Since I started this blog many things have happened in my life. The one thing to note that would be the most important here was my decision to stop talking about being a writer and to start writing. In the past five months I have drafted myself a novel. I am still finishing the final edits but, if all goes well it will be done before I turn 24. I plan on using this blog to promote my novel so, any posts you see from here on out should be about that.

I will leave all of the other posts from my past here just so that people will see a little bit about who I am. I should note that this blog was created as part of a college class. I had no intention of keeping it once it was done but, viral marketing is necessary for any young author so, here we are.  I will continue to post here in hopes that one day, after I am published, when people search my name it will bring them here. If it did then hello all you people. Thank you for taking an interest in me and my work.

Again thanks,

Ian A Winship

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Kids Doing The Oscars

I didn’t watch the Oscars tonight. I was too busy doing real life stuff like working my terrible dead end job until 10:30 but, while I was away making the lettuce my girlfriend sent me this link. It was a pleasant thing to come home to at the end of the night. I laughed, I cri…well I laughed more. Watch as these kids act out scenes from selected Oscar Nominees. I guess you could say there are spoilers here but, who hasn’t seen all of these. I don’t even feel like I missed anything.

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Euler’s Disk – When your mind is blown and you aren’t sure why.

Check out this little physics experiment. Sometimes the littlest of things can blow your mind.

Good Books Campaign Ad

As a journalist, an art lover, as a person who is kind of weird I tend to keep an eye out for stuff like this. This beautiful animation works as a homage to Hunter S. Thompson, Kafka, Borroughs, and good animation. Check it out. It’s pretty cool.

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I don’t really use this anymore. I will in the future.

If you want to see more of my writing you can find me at : http://connect.masslive.com/dashboard/IanWinship/index.html

 

I am currently participating in an internship at MassLive.com. 

Most of my work goes into that. 

Movie Critics and The Whole Nobody-Going-To-The-Theaters Thing

And I am back from my break. For all of you who actually read this I clearly haven’t posted in a while. I was doing my holiday thang. Hanging out with the family, eating delicious foods, watching a bunch of movies, and sleeping like nobodies business. Now it is time to get back into the swing of things and what better thing to talk about than Mr. Roger Ebert.

In a recent article on his website Mr. Ebert writes about why movie theaters are losing revenue. He makes six main points that I agree with. First he says there is an “absence of a must-see mass-market movie. ” In 2011 we didn’t have any giant movies like “Avatar” or “The Dark Night.” Heck, in my opinion we didn’t have many good movies at all. At least not at showing at the big box office. Most of the films I would consider “good” did not end up getting played the “local gigantiplex” as Roger so aptly names them. But I digress.

His second point was the absurdity that is ticket prices. Going to the movies used to be something the whole family could do without you breaking the bank. Now if you want to see a 3D movie with your two and five-year-old you basically need to take out a loan. Maybe so many people are sneaking in to these movies just so that they don’t need to pay the absurd fees that it seems like revenue is down while attendance may still be up. Who knows?

Roger’s third point is the movie-going experience. Most people don’t want to go to a movie and listen to a bunch of other people talking or tip-tapping away on their bright smart phones. It was once something that was a very solid rule. No cell phones. Now it seems like more of a guideline.

The fourth point is the insanely inflated refreshment prices. I, for one, am not going in to a movie theater to pay five bucks for a small candy, another five bucks for a flat drink, and then yet another for an over-buttered bag of popcorn. I’d rather smuggle my soda in candy like some sort of drug smuggler (except I just use my pockets.)

This fifth point might be the biggest reason. Movie theaters have so much other competition when it comes to forms of movie delivery. Just the other day I brought my younger brother out the the movies as a surprise. The only thing he could say was “good thing I didn’t watch this one online last night.” Kids don’t watch movies in theaters anymore. They have direct tv, the internet, and most of all Netflix. Glorious, glorious Netflix. Ebert says it best  “Netflix alone accounts for 30% of all internet traffic in the evening. That represents millions of moviegoers. They’re simply not in a theater.”

His final point is that there is simply a lack of choice. Most big theaters only show the same blockbuster movies that these days are typically flops. Most people simply do not get exposure to independent or foreign films. These “art” films aren’t supposed to be all that popular but if you look at what people are watching on Netflix it tells you a different story. This year the top viewed movies were all foreign or independent movies that “nobody has ever heard of.”

Ebert and I agree. It seems that Americans love the movies just as much as ever. It is the combination of two things really the amazing range of options available and the fact that theaters simply aren’t what they used to be. In the article Ebert slips in a line saying perhaps this is why we need more movie critics in the papers and big media. While we have many people doing these blogs and writing on the internet we need someone we can trust to pick out the gems for us out of the thousands of movies available. When people ask my why I would want to write about movies as if there was no future in that. I will tell them I write to shine a light on the pile of stinking poop that is Hollywood and to guide all those brave others who are trying to get their story out there and doing a fantastic job towards people who will appreciate their work. This is what I want to do.

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Posting Original Content

For my journalism class I was asked to post a video online in various places and to interact with the comments. I decided to post a small video of my two younger brothers and I skateboarding.  I ended up posting the video in three places. First it was hosted on YouTube. Then I posted it to my Facebook page. Finally a made a Reddit post about it in the r/skateboarding section. As I had suspected I got the most response from Facebook. Some of my favorite comments were:

I have just witnessed one of the years best videos, where there once was thought to be nothing a glimmer of hope shines in the darkness. Surely people will make pilgrimages to the places shown in this video. -Sean Murphy

Embodiment of a care-free Summer.-Justin Van Goor

Loved it the first time and every time after. What memories are made from.- Jean Winship (aka my Mom)

It makes me sentimental for y’all because i love you(s) AND it makes me nostalgic for a time period in my life when i had hours to play outside perfecting my craft….bicycles, swimming and diving. -Shannon Lynch

 

It is always nice to see your friends and family comment on something you post. I responded to Justin Van Goor’s post saying that I actually was working fulltime to it wasn’t exactly care-free to which he responded with saying “Care-free can be figurative instead of literal party-pooper.” And then “Enter toking Sublime “summer song” post. Livings easy and all that bullshit.”  He is a character indeed. My mother and aunt (of whom I am friends with on Facebook…I know…) both submitted heartfelt comments about how much they love my brothers and I. On of my brothers commented both n=on Facebook and on YouTube about his lack of footy (footage) in the part. Some of my brother’s friends commented poking fun at them. Overall it was a very lighthearted conversation of people exclaiming their general approval for the video.

It wasn’t quite the same over at Reddit.com. Reddit’s skateboarding section frequently gets a lot of user generated content. This content is usually either ignored or not worth commenting on. It appears this video falls into that category. It didn’t even get any upvotes. Sometimes that is the way it is on Reddit. You need to have something that will completely blow the audience away in order to get anywhere.

I have been posting pictures and videos online for years. I have been “starring” in videos my friends have posted for just as long. This wasn’t a new experience to me. It is always fun to see what your other friends or peers or strangers will say about your video. Comment culture is thriving and it will only get more and more prevalent until it seems all we do is talk to one another online. Hopefully at that point we can make a change and switch back to IRL conversations. Who knows?

Oh and if you want to check out the video here it is:

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