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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Truly one of a kind...

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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
And you, @aurora ? What was your splurge?
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john John Skorick (@john) replied to Aurora Afable (@aurora) on Pinned comment
HAHA...the things we do for love.

My girlfriend at the time was a HUGE Lady Gaga fan, Ms. Gaga was coming to LA and, at the risk of having to attend, I bought her two tickets to take whoever she wanted. And, yes, she chose me.

I gotta admit, it was one hell of a show. Lady Gaga is an absolute entertainer and the show was super intricate. It was incredible how many costume changes she did and how quickly. No idea how she pulled that off. She also knows how to stir up a crowd and build drama/anticipation.

It was also really interesting to the wide range of people at that show. Teens, moms, dads, grandparents, dude-bros, gay, straight, black, white you name it. Such a diverse group, which is a credit to her.

We also had Mexican (i.e. lots of margs) before hand so that didn't hurt.
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aurora Aurora Afable (@aurora) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
WOW. YOLO. (I know this saying is overrated).
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aurora Aurora Afable (@aurora) replied to John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
Wow! How was that Lady Gaga concert? Were you forced to watch this? lol
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
My dad and I used to watch televised NBA games in the 80's. He especially liked Kareem and Magic, so when the 2010 NBA Finals was set to be played in LA (Lakers vs Celtics), I figured what the heck, you only live once and hastily bought two tickets. This was the first (and only) NBA game he's ever been to. Wasn't cheap, but the memories were well worth the price ($3,215.15).
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
Hmm...good question. Airline tickets aside, it would either be Lady Gaga at Staples Center in LA, or the 2011 NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field, Chicago.

If memory serves, the cost was around $300-400/ticket.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
A very interesting read. Thanks for sharing!
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
None of this Trump "phenomenon" would have been possible without the consist, generous exposure that mainstream corporate media bestowed upon the Donald. And I don't mean just Fox News, lets recall what the head of CBS was saying about Trump, how he might be bad for US politics but a heavens sent for CBS's revenue stream.
As we all should remember Fox Network was the entity which brought Tea party into mainstream American politics. In Trumps case Fox network was just one amongst many.
"Medium Is The Message" as Marshall McLuhan used to say.
Mainstream corporate media is what sustained and augment Trumps "message." They ought to be hold accountable for such criminal conduct.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
You are absolutely right. I think, however, that more and more people are becoming aware of the corporate media’s partiality and bias. Sanders’ growing popularity is, at least in part, a reflection of this awareness.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
We shouldn't trust Essentialism because it leads to generalizations, reductivism and distortions.
For instance take the case of Media, while it's absolutely true that mainstream, corporate media is not trustworthy and most often distorts the events they report all Media can't be reduced to mainstream, corporate media.
Practically in every single country in the world now we also have an array of independent Alternative media outlets which are grassroots, non-corporate, financially rely on their own communities and have been created specifically to counter the distortive weight and pull of mainstream media.
Below are only the first five that comes to mind, but this list could easily be extended to fifteen, or fifty or even more.

Democracy Now!
www.democracynow.org/

Independent Media Center-NYC
nyc.indymedia.org/en/index.html
[this is a global network on IMCs all over the world]

The Real News Network
therealnews.com/t2/

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
www.icij.org/
[guess who published "Panama Papers"?]

Counter Punch
www.counterpunch.org/
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lizzy lizzy (@lizzy) on Pinned comment
This is the most honest article I read all day and you touch on so many great points. Thank you for taking the time to write it!
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lyncmob James Philip Morrow (@lyncmob) replied to Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
Nice, and a good read. Had it in my ebook collection but hadn't read it before.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
This reminded me of that short story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver. It's about a blind man drawing the picture of a Cathedral.

"Cathedral" by Raymond Carver
www.shmoop.com/cathedral-carver/summary.html
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aurora Aurora Afable (@aurora) replied to John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
Ahhh. Thanks for sharing your wisdom! I won't forget you once I finally reach the top!
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
haha... It's all about the Tops (Tops & SuperTops Received + SuperTops Given = Total)

You post great stuff, @aurora You'll be a fixture in no time!
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aurora Aurora Afable (@aurora) replied to king (@king) on Pinned comment
You can always monetize anything that has a large amount of exposure. Businesses are hungry for an audience. Businesses spend more than 80% of their expenditures on advertising alone.
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aurora Aurora Afable (@aurora) replied to scotty (@scotty) on Pinned comment
Every SM platform is different in it's purpose. You should research more about your audience and determine where they usually hang out.
Create customer personas to help you understand your audience. Once you do, that is when you should figure out where they are at. Here is a post that might help you a bit:

www.pewinternet.org/2015/08/19/the-demographics-of-social-media-users/

Don't rely too much on the numbers, but rather their percentages.

Once you've determined which social media platforms you're going to use, stick to it. At first, you might not obtain the results you want, but keep trying to see what works. SMM is about putting your brand out there, good or bad (at least at the beginning). The more you show yourself to your target audience, the more they will remember you.
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king king (@king) on Pinned comment
What do you think about trying to monetize the new chat platforms like Snapchat and WhatsApp? Is it good "bang for your buck" or ?
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scotty scotty (@scotty) on Pinned comment
How would you rank the social networks in terms of being most important to a business trying to grow a e commerce customer base? Which would you focus most of your attention on if you had limited resources?
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