Paul Grimsley | Buzzazz Advertising & Marketing Agencyhttps://buzzazz.com Tampa Bay's # 1 Marketing FirmMon, 15 Oct 2018 17:22:58 +0000en-UShourly1Find Out More About Mold Zerohttps://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/find-mold-zero/ https://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/find-mold-zero/#respondThu, 27 Sep 2018 15:45:57 +0000https://buzzazz.com/?p=7357Do You Have Mold In Your Building? It Needs To Be Handled All of our clients that we work with have one thing in common – they are providing a service or a product that is designed to help people, and Mold Zero are no exception. Using a patented dry fog technology they attack and […]

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mold zeroDo You Have Mold In Your Building? It Needs To Be Handled

All of our clients that we work with have one thing in common – they are providing a service or a product that is designed to help people, and Mold Zero are no exception. Using a patented dry fog technology they attack and eradicate mold spores wherever they have settled in in your living or work space, and once that has been removed they perform a second process that out a microbiological barrier in place that prevents any further mold growth in that area.

They are based in Clearwater but service the whole Tampa Bay area, and sometimes even further afield.

Before the development of technologies like the one in use by Mold Zero home and business owners would have to resort to demolition mold removal, and this can be a lot more invasive and expensive, and can, in some cases not prove as effective as its practitioners would have you believe, because it can miss areas that the dry fog would penetrate and handle.

If You Need Mold Treated, Contact Mold Zero


In Florida we have very high humidity as it is, so having faulty AC is enough to provide an opening for mold to settle in and start growing. Add in flooding and you increase the likelihood even further. Structural changes brought about by renovation, or even with newer construction the changes in building regulations, can be enough to affect the humidity levels inside a building and give mold the perfect climate in which to grow.

Your structure is not the only thing under threat when you have mold. Depending on your sensitivity you can fall prey to the allergies mold causes, suffering because of various mycotoxins and bacteria associated with the mold’s growth. Asthma, fibromyalgia, brain fog, rashes, neurological problems – the list goes on.

Removing the mold isn’t easy, and the EPA has a lot of warnings about what to do and not do, and what equipment you should use. In most cases, except for very minimal amounts of mold, you are going to be better sending for a professional like Mold Zero. Please click here check them out.

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An Interview With Deborah Traviss From Leapin’ Lizard RV Ranchhttps://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/interview-deborah-traviss-leapin-lizard-rv-ranch/ https://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/interview-deborah-traviss-leapin-lizard-rv-ranch/#respondMon, 17 Sep 2018 14:40:11 +0000https://buzzazz.com/?p=7354Looking For A Great Place To Stay? Check Out Leapin’ Lizard Deborah has been our client for nearly 5 years, and has been running the Leapin’ Lizard RV Ranch for over 20 years with her husband. Deborah is always great to speak to, and we wanted find out some more about her, and her business, […]

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Looking For A Great Place To Stay? Check Out Leapin’ Lizard

Deborah has been our client for nearly 5 years, and has been running the Leapin’ Lizard RV Ranch for over 20 years with her husband. Deborah is always great to speak to, and we wanted find out some more about her, and her business, and share it with you.

What is your name and the name of your business?
Deborah Traviss Leapin’ Lizard RV Ranch

How did you get into the business you are in?

I married into it. My husband was building the RV Park when we met. We worked together to get it open.

How long have you been in business?
The RV Park opened January 1997.

What is the thing you like best about the work you do?

That folks are happy to get here. And helping them to have the best experience possible.

What have been your successful actions?

Having Buzzazz design our website and finishing the pool and spa.

What might be something people would be surprised about the work you do?

That it’s work!

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?

Relaxing and reading. Traveling in the summer.

Anything else you would like to tell people?

Building, owning and operating Leapin’ Lizard RV Ranch is amazing and hard work. But it’s wonderful work. Folks plan and travel to get here. We appreciate that very much and try to help them have the best time.

What services/products do you provide?

We are an RV Park and provide a wonderful camping experience for RVers.

What is your target market?

It varies. Families, Singles, Couples, Retirees.

What do you love most about your business?

Hearing how much people love the Leapin’ Lizard. But truly it would have to be the RV Park itself. Mornings with the smell of bacon, the afternoon of guests in the midst of their fun and adventures and Evenings of B-B-Qs and campfires. And quiet star filled nights.

What do you hate about your business?

This is the Anza-Borrego Desert and during the summer it’s too hot for business.

What is your 5 year goal?

To have the pool heated for winter, be credit card debt free and continue to improve the RV Park.

What is the most important function of your business?

To help folks have a great time while they’re visiting us and the desert.

Visit Leapin’ Lizard To Find Out More!

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Stars, Stripes And Swoosheshttps://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/stars-stripes-swooshes/ https://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/stars-stripes-swooshes/#respondFri, 14 Sep 2018 16:43:53 +0000https://buzzazz.com/?p=7353England is pretty secular in my memory – Blair’s attempt to marry Labour values with religious ones never scanned that great. My mum was Catholic and my dad was Protestant, and they married in a Registry Office, which in some senses doesn’t necessarily sit well with either church.I am religious myself, but it was a […]

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England is pretty secular in my memory – Blair’s attempt to marry Labour values with religious ones never scanned that great. My mum was Catholic and my dad was Protestant, and they married in a Registry Office, which in some senses doesn’t necessarily sit well with either church.I am religious myself, but it was a long journey to reach that point.

My dad voted Conservative and didn’t want to talk about it; my mum voted Conservative because my dad did, and didn’t want to talk about it. I kept myself informed, but never really found myself drawn to the impracticalities of socialism, or the Thatcherite iteration of the conservatives at the time. I would follow party policies on issues, and base my vote on which candidate aligned with my viewpoints. A long time ago bipartisan politics and the perpetual stalemate between the party in power and the one opposing them and their eagerness to reverse everything when they got into power started to lose its appeal as a solution. I wanted to remain engaged though, so when the opportunity arose I voted.

I was always involved with groups like the Scouts, so I was out in the community helping people. My grandparents were in the British Legion, and both my grandfather and grandmother were veterans, and I would often end up helping out there too. I carried my volunteer work over into my time in America. Respect for others and their beliefs has always been a central feature of my life, and it has stood me in good stead.

Why am I front-loading an article on symbols of Patriotism and sports merchandising? Because I don’t necessarily feel that I am coming at the whole thing from a viewpoint that is as clear cut as someone who grew up with The Pledge Of Allegiance being said every morning, or who had a die-hard attitude to a sports team. I am also obviously white.

All of these things are symbols. A swoosh for motion has become instant visual shorthand for a whole brand, and some might say a whole philosophy. But Nike doesn’t just mean what they say it means; it has some interesting behind the scenes issues that don’t jive with the positive message out front.

Flying an American Flag shows solidarity with the country, drop it to half mast and you are showing respect for those lost, drape it across a coffin and you indicate that this person gave his life in the service of his country, hand a widow or a mother the flag which was draped on the coffin (a carefully choreographed ritual) and you are thanking them for their loved one’s service.

Every single sports team in the country is wearing a symbol that helps them to be easily identified. Which side are you on?

Black glove raised fist. Dropping to the knee. These things are also symbols. Compare it to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and others, like Rosa Parks, at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement, and for some people the connection is seen as tenuous at best. For some it is the latest iteration of a struggle that has been in place since before and after emancipation; for some, the choice of arena, given what the game of football and its players symbolize for some people, is inappropriate. The perceived slight on the flag and the National Anthem is likewise hard to reconcile with a game considered as American as the Flag.

MAGA hats and the Trump logo are considered just as contentious for some, and totally allied with the flag and the anthem, and patriotism for others. the whole way that the situation is wired isn’t really designed for compromise or conversation – the sports and the politics really are set up to be adversarial, and in so many arenas we are bumping up against this problem … that an argument which should be used to convince others of the validity of a different viewpoint comes down to two people instead shouting their position at someone else, and neither of them really listening to each other.

There is an idea that Colin Kaepernick is not doing anything outside of football protests to help people, and therefore that his protest is invalid, but a little bit of research shows that this isn’t true – he is involved in social programs and has donated money and time to help people. He is involved. Are Nike backing him from a purely business perspective along the lines of allying themselves with someone who is getting a lot of column inches at the moment? Or are they trying to occupy that same moral high ground? Is that possible for a company with problematic human rights issues in their own not too distant past?

Is the protest an expression of free speech, and should the right to protest in this way be upheld because it is something that is enshrined in the constitution? Or is it really an insult to veterans and patriots? America has always been a flexible enough idea to embrace drastically different interpretations of what the American Dream is, it just seems that the debate has become a little more combustible of late.

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Look For Those Who Offer Solutions

It is pretty common for people to talk about the problems that exist out there in the world, and not so common for them to offer up a solution for the situation they have highlighted. When you consider the volume of information that we inflow, and how much of it comes in this form, you can see why people start to feel fatigued, and why they end up burned out, and why they don’t want to keep trying to choke it down.

If the articles that you were reading did a little more than spread misery and a laundry list of outpoints; if they at least offered a few words of hope somewhere in the mix, it might be more palatable, if they researched enough to point to ways in which one might help that would be even better. Empowerment has to go beyond tearing down the oppressors – it has to give tools to the people who must navigate the aftermath of the demise of a status quo.

Can you imagine how you might operate in a sphere where all the previous data is irrelevant, and there are no maps left that are guaranteed to get you from point A to B? We are quite capable of creating totally new situations, just by looking at what is wrong with the current situation, and changing it for the better. Or we might identify a new area of interest that has escaped the notice of most people.

Problem Solving Is A Very Valuable Skill

It is true that one can learn from the mistakes of the past, but it is also true that one may become so shackled to the notions of what is based on the notions of what was, that one fails to see the bright future of what might be. It may be true that an area has been devastated by a man made error, but that does not mean that it cannot be corrected. There are many innovations that come into the world that effect what some may have previously thought of as a miracle. Smallpox went the way of the dinosaur thanks to innovation. Flight once seemed a folly. A lot of what we take for granted in terms of technology at one point in time might have been considered impossible.

Problem solvers are pretty easy to spot – they are often out front leading people in the direction they need to go, and they are achieving results. Problem solvers walk the walk and don’t just talk a good game. Where defeatists may focus on the problem and want to explore every facet of the failure at hand, problem solvers will be asking questions that drive everyone forward to an answer. It is great being able to spot that there is an issue that needs handling, but not trying to handle it make the spotting of it redundant. If you look around you and see which camp people fall into then it is easier to spot who you should ally yourself with. If you want to get things done problem solvers are the right people, and if you start hanging around with them, and emulating them – pretty soon people are going to see you as that same kind of useful individual.

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An Interview With David Janer From Bay Furnishingshttps://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/interview-david-janer-bay-furnishings/ https://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/interview-david-janer-bay-furnishings/#respondMon, 03 Sep 2018 16:08:34 +0000https://buzzazz.com/?p=7342Bay Furnishings Is A Veteran Owned Furniture Business That Can Service Anywhere In The Country! David is very enthusiastic in what he does, and he handles a number of different things in his company, doing each job that needs to be done with the same enthusiasm. We have worked with him for a while now, […]

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Bay Furnishings Is A Veteran Owned Furniture Business That Can Service Anywhere In The Country!

David is very enthusiastic in what he does, and he handles a number of different things in his company, doing each job that needs to be done with the same enthusiasm. We have worked with him for a while now, and we wanted to find out more about him – so we asked him a few questions.

What Is Your Name And What Is The Name Of Your Business?

David Janer, Bay Furnishings

How did you get into the business you’re in?

I always liked sales, so a friend of mine told me about a consignment business that was for sale in the Dunedin area. After doing my research I decided to buy it and start my business venture from there.  

How long have you been in business?

Since 2014

What is the thing you like best about the work you do?

Ensuring that customers are satisfied and happy with my products.

What have been your successful actions?

Getting my business certification from very reputable institutions, SBA Hubzone, Veteran Owned Small Business, Minority Business Enterprise, Small Business Enterprise.

What might be something people would be surprised about what you do?

My ability in a hands on capacity versus managerial.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?

Relax at home, spend time with my family.

Anything else you would like to tell people?

Our goal is to keep a long-time relationship with our customers, providing them high quality products at affordable prices.

What Services / Products do you provide?

Our products cater toward businesses; that entails, offices, hotels, restaurants, cafes, recreational centers, private or public events.

What Is Your Target Market?

Anybody that seeks furniture for their business

What do you love most about your business?

My interaction with customers via sales achieved.

What do you hate most about your business?

The lack of travel opportunities, since it’s all performed online at the office.

What is your 5 year goal?

To have a well established brand name in media circles as well in the retail world.

What is the most important function of your company?

One on one relationship with customers and finding what they are looking for promptly.

If You Need Business Furniture, You Should Call Bay Furnishings Now!

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Interview With Tamara J. Archerhttps://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/art/interview-tamara-j-archer/ https://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/art/interview-tamara-j-archer/#respondMon, 27 Aug 2018 14:37:25 +0000https://buzzazz.com/?p=7333Photo Credit: Errol K. Archer T. Archer Design, Changing Lives With Interior Design When we transformed our office into an art gallery for an evening last month, as part of the Clearwater Art Walk, we created something really special, and got to meet some wonderful people who were drawn in by the art. One of […]

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Photo Credit: Errol K. Archer

T. Archer Design,
Changing Lives With Interior Design

When we transformed our office into an art gallery for an evening last month, as part of the Clearwater Art Walk, we created something really special, and got to meet some wonderful people who were drawn in by the art. One of these people was Tamara J. Archer, who has been in the design business for a while now, and who we wanted to introduce everyone to.

What Is Your Name And What Is The Name Of Your Business?

Tamara J. Archer.  My company is T. Archer Design www.tarcherdesign.com

How did you get into the business you’re in?

As a kid I always had an affinity for interior spaces, even though I didn’t know at the time that interior design was a career option. After working in the advertising industry for a few years, I decided to enroll in a bachelor’s program for interior design. Shortly after completing my degree I started working on projects for friends and family, and the business grew from there.

How long have you been in business?

It’s been 11 years.

What is the thing you like best about the work you do?

I love that my work allows me to be as flexible and creative as I want to be. That helps me continue to grow and evolve as a designer. In the process, I get to help my clients tell their own stories through my designs.

What have been your successful actions?

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to spend a few months in Jamaica working on interior design at 4 luxury resort properties. I worked with a team there to develop unique design concepts that enhance the guest experience. That has allowed me to broaden my practice into the area of hospitality design. I’m very excited about that.

What might be something people would be surprised about what you do?

People are usually surprised at the technical process involved in interior design. Only part of the process involves aesthetics. The other large part involves aspects like schematics, architectural detailing, environmental psychology, and ergonomics, as they apply to how we interact with interior spaces. There are many layers required that people don’t see, to achieving a successfully designed space.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?

I enjoy going to the beach, which is one of the things that really drew me to Clearwater. I also love traveling. Over the years, I’ve drawn so much of my design inspiration from the beach and my cultural experiences from traveling. I like destinations that are rich in history and culinary diversity. I’m definitely a foodie.

Anything else you would like to tell people?

I’d like to tell people how much interior design is an essential part of our daily lives and that everyone deserves to live, work and play in spaces that inspire them. Interior design is about expression— about how spaces like your home make you feel and what it says about who you are.

What Services / Products do you provide?

We provide full-service interior design from consultations, product sourcing, and remodeling, to custom-tailored spaces.

What Is Your Target Market?

My ideal client is someone who values personal attention and an eclectic creative approach. They want a timeless space customized for them and their lifestyle, that they can enjoy for years.

What do you love most about your business?

What I love most is how transformative interior design can be. Great interior design evokes positive emotions and memories. Our wellness, emotional and behavioral responses are considerably impacted by designed environments.

For Interior Design, Check Out T. Archer Design Today!

What do you hate most about your business?

Interior design has become very popular in recent years due to home design shows. I think it’s wonderful that the industry has gained so much attention, but I also think that design shows have given a lot of people a false idea of the interior design process. They only see short edited versions of what it takes to design beautiful spaces.

What is your 5-year goal?

My 5-year goal is to continue to learn and grow as a designer and a company. I’m currently in the process of working on a home décor line. I also want to hire more designers and develop a mentorship program for other entrepreneurial-minded designers who are just starting out. I remember how difficult it was for me to find my footing after design school, so it’s very important to me that I’m able to help recent grads who are looking for guidance.   

What is the most important function of your company?

The most important function of my company is understanding our client so that we design the best space possible for you. We want your space to be a reflection of you, your personality and your style, because style isn’t just about what you wear.

Let us know if you would like to be interviewed for The Buzzazz Digital Hive Magazine.

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T – Aretha Franklinhttps://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/music/r-e-s-p-e-c-t-aretha-franklin/ https://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/music/r-e-s-p-e-c-t-aretha-franklin/#respondThu, 16 Aug 2018 20:51:06 +0000https://buzzazz.com/?p=7327Aretha Franklin’s Voice And The Way She Conducted Herself Truly Made Her The Queen Of Soul Well, we got a little warning, and with that another great has left the building. When great artists pass, especially ones who have had such a lasting and profound impact on the field that they worked in, something immediately […]

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Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin’s Voice And The Way She Conducted Herself
Truly Made Her The Queen Of Soul

Well, we got a little warning, and with that another great has left the building. When great artists pass, especially ones who have had such a lasting and profound impact on the field that they worked in, something immediately changes in relation to the work. Often there is a re-evaluation, and someone who may not have been as present in the spotlight undergoes a posthumous re-invigoration of interest in them. I think if you love soul music and you feel how much life is invested in those songs, Aretha has never been away from the spotlight; for those of us who love her music she occupies a very central part in the musical landscape.

Back when I was studying Media Studies we had to script and create a radio show for one of our projects and we created RESPECT FM – we were a pretty diverse group, but there wasn’t one of us that didn’t love that song. That song being the frontloaded introduction to what we were about changed the whole feeling of the thing. How do you hear that song and not want to sing along to it? How do you hear that song and not want to give Aretha respect?

Aretha Franklin’s Influence Will Continue On

A voice that can do what hers did – to create both intimate and inviting stories, and then to climb into epic operatic swoops that help the listener take flight in the music – that is something to behold. If there were any soul singers out there who claimed not to be influenced by this woman they would be lying through their teeth. I don’t think that’s the case though. Singers like Aretha Franklin aren’t ever background music – you put on her songs to listen to them, to sing along to them, and if they come on the radio you stop and listen to them.

The swell of admiration and the tributes are already starting to appear, and hopefully this will introduce her music to a whole new generation of people. Aretha is going to be missed, but she is surely going to be listened to a lot in the coming weeks, and for a long time after.

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An Interview With Brandon Scotthttps://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/interview-brandon-scott/ https://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/interview-brandon-scott/#respondMon, 13 Aug 2018 13:51:57 +0000https://buzzazz.com/?p=7307Brandon Scott Has A Compelling New Book Out! Brandon Scott has been writing for a long time, and as part of The Buzzazz Editorial Team he wrote a lot of really great articles. He has recently published his first book, and has taken his writing to a whole other level. We wanted to catch up with […]

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Brandon Scott

Brandon Scott Has A Compelling New Book Out!

Brandon Scott has been writing for a long time, and as part of The Buzzazz Editorial Team he wrote a lot of really great articles. He has recently published his first book, and has taken his writing to a whole other level. We wanted to catch up with him and find out more about how he approaches his art, and what inspired him to begin the journey in the first place.

How and when did you get into writing?
I feel like most professional writers have this as an answer, but I started writing when I was young. My stories back then were awful, of course, but I recall writing these short horror stories and being happy I got to kill off my characters. Probably because the teachers did not like me doing that for school assignments. However, I consider my real starting point was when I began writing for Sci-Fi Bloggers under the tutelage of my writing mentor Dylan Alexander. He kept praising and pushing me to write more, even when I was not yet good on a technical level. Eventually, maybe 2-3 years ago, I started to take it seriously and worked on writing whole books and articles for clients and companies. It became my full-time job and something I am defined by in my identity.

What do you like best about writing?
Getting a reaction out of someone. I love how I can use words, just words, to deeply affect people. As a dark speculative fiction writer—and a very desensitized one at that—I am constantly amused, surprised, and pleased, when I find I can cause someone to shiver or look unsettled simply with words I wrote.

What was the inspiration for your book?
Just Another Chosen One has an odd history. I did not mean to write it as a book at first. It started as a short story called “Cornhusk” (you can find it in the back of Just Another Chosen One) that I wanted to submit to a podcast that read aloud odd stories. It was just a quick comedic thing that was inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, when Dylan Alexander offered to edit “Cornhusk,” things took off. He and another friend of mine were editing it while also texting me about how they were bursting out laughing and then demanded that I make it into a full book. Every character in the short story, every concept, needed a massive amount of fleshing out, and, along the way, it started having a theme. I wanted to take a classic trope and warp it. Specifically, “The Chosen One” trope. I wanted to show how broken a life someone might have if they really did become a monster hunter.

If You Are Looking For Something To Read – Click Here To Go And Buy Brandon’s Book!

What have been your successful actions?
I could rant on and on about what I think are successful actions for people who want to be writers. That was basically all I wrote on my personal website for a while. But, breaking it down, I found a few things to be very beneficial. Exercising every day did wonders for my creativity, my health, and my mental clarity. Also, and this is a cliché, the thing I found to be incredibly helpful is writing a set amount every single day, no slacking, excuses, or missed days. Momentum is so important toward finishing writing a book. It might be the most important thing.

What is something that people would be surprised about what you do?
I find that non-writers have very little idea what it is like being a writer. Some of the most common things that I find people outside of the circle don’t understand is how little ideas matter compared to the nuts and bolts of putting fingers to keyboard, and how much work there is to write a book. The creation of the raw words is such a small part of the job, both as an author and a copywriter. Most of my job consists of taking huge blocks of stuff I wrote before and working with it until it resembles something palatable for readers. It’s not manic episodes of inspiration or something. It’s a lot more meat and potatoes than that and takes a lot of energy some days. It’s my job—and it feels like a job.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not writing?
I have a lot of different hobbies, and I like all of them, but, since you asked for my favorite thing to do, it would probably be eating somewhere past midnight. I could gush about Magic: The Gathering, all the book series I like, various television shows or movies, but, at the literal end of the day, what I like is to meet with various friends and stay out way too late at diners, sipping coffee or caffeinated tea and talking.

What is your target market?
I am still trying to figure this out for myself. I’ve considered my work to be pulpy in nature—a lot of fantastical situations and a heavy focus on action and fighting and violence—but it’s also a little heavy for casual reading. It’s certainly not child-friendly. Most of my stories, and especially my books, contain graphic moments of violence, disturbing imagery, blunt and open talk about sexual situations, and my characters, like me in real life, swear a lot. A lot. I write for a version of me, probably around sixteen to twenty, who loved everything subversive and rebellious. If there is a set age where someone is likely to grow dissatisfied with the status quo and seek alternatives: that would be my target market. If I had to put a number on that, I would say 18-25.

Anything else you would like to tell people?
I want to encourage reading books. I know that might be a little disingenuous coming from me (I get paid when people read my stuff) but books change lives. A book is dreaming without closing our eyes. It grows empathy and understanding like no other art form, and I find that increasingly a needed trait in the world.

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What Does The Collapse Of Dialogue Mean For People?https://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/what-does-the-collapse-of-dialogue-mean-for-people/ https://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/what-does-the-collapse-of-dialogue-mean-for-people/#respondThu, 09 Aug 2018 21:48:44 +0000https://buzzazz.com/?p=7274That Old Blue And Red Divide That Has Been With Us Since Rome The first thing to ask is whether there is a collapse of dialogue. Survey the evidence of the number of bipartisan conversations that don’t descend into name calling and actually prove to be fruitful and you may readily reach for this conclusion. […]

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That Old Blue And Red Divide That Has Been With Us Since Rome

The first thing to ask is whether there is a collapse of dialogue. Survey the evidence of the number of bipartisan conversations that don’t descend into name calling and actually prove to be fruitful and you may readily reach for this conclusion. Look at the number of Democrats and Republicans willing to cross the aisle and not vote along party lines in order to make the government work in the way that it was designed to work, and that may be the sad notion that comes to you. Look at the incommensurate viewpoints expressed by the two main arbiters of politically divergent viewpoints in mainstream media, CNN and Fox, and it definitely seems more like a jousting contest where people thrust at each other and don’t really listen to each other.

Both sides seek to dehumanize the other, and to render their viewpoint invalid. Republicans get painted as bigoted and animalistic by those who lean left. Democrats are the latest to inherit the stain of the Red Scare, and are accused of not being patriotic, when you talk to those who lean right. For a relatively young country, the politics here are so layered and complex that the viewpoint of those considered grass-roots may not reflect the viewpoints of those who sit in the higher echelons of a party. America is bolted together out of differences and extremes, and the fact that both strains of Americanism are strongly represented would seem to deny either side’s claim that they are the ones with the right to define what the country is.

The divide that is marketed by the politicians and the media presents differently in the day to day though. The weird psychic distortion that comes from the applied pressure of a media spotlight doesn’t necessarily mark the interactions of people with different viewpoints on a one to one basis, but appears when looked at in terms of group dynamics. Social media has as much of a distorting effect as mainstream media, and if anyone thinks that the oddballs occupying the fringe cause any less of a problem in terms of bias and focus to manifest in the audience they cater to, then they haven’t been paying attention.

In a place this big, with States as big as countries, and differing economies and pscyhogeographical influences on a people as diverse as anywhere in the world, how can someone in Cape Cod be expected to have exactly the same viewpoint as someone in Florida, or out in California? How can America mean the same thing to everyone? The number of filters you would have to strip away to achieve this are astronomical. Or so they would have you believe – if person A is different from person B to the degree that a swan is different to a monkey then agreement would seem almost impossible; dialogue would have to be disregarded. Is this really the case though?

To Be An American Is To Be Involved In A Conversation With The Founding Fathers

You could perhaps start from that one point – that people are proud to be American. There are certain things they probably agree on if only they were able to sit down and have a conversation. Sometimes, if you turn off all your portals to news and politicians, and just walk out into the world and shake a few hands and talk, you could almost be forgiven for thinking that most people are nice.

Federalist Papers; Anti-Federalist Papers. American really does mean a lot of different things, that if you accept the tenets of The Constitution and the spirit on which the country was founded, and the way it has operated since that founding, is integral. Politicians say this, and mainstream media say that.

But the problem isn’t the mainstream media or the politicians in opposition; it is the combined effect that their way of handling information affects people at large. Being in a position of power amplifies whatever you say. Media amplifies whatever is said. Social media amplifies in a similar way. An opinion expressed by one person can travel so much farther than it used to, and sometimes the immediacy with which we are able to hear and respond to something reduces the amount of care we take to fully understand the context of the communication and to craft a response. Politicians, at least in the information economy, are flipsides of the same coin. They have enjoyed the same level of trust from the public before, and while it may see-saw and not be exactly the same across different socio-economic groups, and racially diverse groups, what we are seeing at the moment isn’t that different to what we have seen before. The primary difference is that the volume has been turned up by someone whose position of power makes him an important player. Leading never just means being the decision maker, it also means setting the example for conduct, and so the dialogue is as divisive as the loudest voice involved, and a lot of times it can be more of a soliloquy than an engagement with someone in a debate. Shouting others down or shouting opposing slogans at each other is engagement on some level, it just may not ever be very constructive.

Politics is not something it is ever wise for a business to become involved in, unless the business is a professional lobbyist or some-such, but even that can be problematic. There are  companies that have suffered for their association with certain groups, and companies that have won because of it, but providing a service and being professional should be the aim of any company, and partisan politics can make that very difficult. Provide the water cooler, but not the conversation that surrounds it.

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From Arya Stark To Daisie – A Collaborative App For Artistshttps://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/art/from-arya-stark-to-daisie-a-collaborative-app-for-artists/ https://buzzazz.com/advertising-and-marketing/art/from-arya-stark-to-daisie-a-collaborative-app-for-artists/#respondTue, 31 Jul 2018 20:16:51 +0000https://buzzazz.com/?p=7251Collaboration Over Competition Is Daisie’s Philosophy It is always a great thing when someone takes their own success and parlays it into helping others. Who better than another artist to understand what  it takes to go from obscurity to fame, and who better to understand the difficulty in sometimes finding people to work with you […]

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Collaboration Over Competition Is Daisie’s Philosophy

It is always a great thing when someone takes their own success and parlays it into helping others. Who better than another artist to understand what  it takes to go from obscurity to fame, and who better to understand the difficulty in sometimes finding people to work with you on your project? You see from the jobs you get and the way projects assemble themselves that there is a real benefit in networking and collaborating, so finding a good way to do that in the virtual sphere – it makes sense – is going to be beneficial to your development as an artist, and to the scope and variety of your career.

Maisie Williams has become well known to a lot of people in one of HBO’s most successful series Game Of Thrones. Arya Stark was a smart cookie, who may have been more cunning and adept at playing the game than a lot of her older adversaries. Obviously the game hasn’t played out yet, and Arya Stark is more about creating division than bringing people together, but you can imagine some of the same intensity that goes into the acting turning up in this project as well.

Anything That Encourages Creativity Should Be Supported

Maisie Williams, together with her business partner Dom Santry, is launching Daisie on August 1st, and the basic idea is that people connect like in daisychains. You may have a project that you are working on where one aspect is something you are really good at, but you see a skill that someone else can bring to the table that would really enhance your creation, so you connect with them. There is no metric for followers, to remove the element of competition from the whole flow of the app. The idea is to allow the artists to have a great way to generate a portfolio of creative work that could lead to paying work, and to empower the artist, so that they can become comfortable creating work on their own terms.

It’s a great idea, and hopefully it will really engender an online artistic community that creates some great work. Working in a group of like-minded people can be very beneficial to an artist, and having an atmosphere that is conducive to creating art can only be a good thing.

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