‘Know Your Place, Know Your Forum’ (Fri. 7/15/11)
(I’m pissed. I am pissed. I have a lotta feelings about this dumb stuff and I’m finna unload here because this is MY PERSONAL FORUM TO DO SO. There was a lotta stuff wrong with the way this went down.)
So today, I was informed that one of my co-workers at one of my many jobs, none of which include a coffeehouse currently (but I make a mean espresso.) posted an inflammatory blog about ‘planking’. You wanna talk about ‘slave origins’ and such, that’s cool. Provide me some links detailing how this trend that took off in England in the late ‘90’shas its origins in slavery.
But when I am doing promotions, be it for @DampPromo, @OldSoulEnt…or being paid write for @MetroMixindy, or posting music and writing the posts for @TheTornadoAlley (#ATFU)’s Tumblr Page, I am representing the TEAM, the COMPANY, the BUSINESS and trying to push whatever agenda they have forward while remaining true to myself. I have built a reputation behind being true to myself and being very good at whatever it is I’m purporting to do…especially when I am doing it for pay.
If the company is obviously doing a promotion about something, how would it look if I posted something AGAINST said promotion on the company’s website? And maybe the celebrity you are talking about who spoke out against it took the time to look at some of the articles online about this ‘planking’ trend and reconsidered his position? Everyone is not ‘selling out’. Some things are just to be ‘reconsidered and reapproached’.
There’s a lotta things that pissed me off about this post; it’s treasonous, for one. I’m not finna tell Kurt or Doug how cool they are to their face and lump them in with the chumps in the next few paragraphs. And I certainly wouldn’t do it while I was in the middle of a campaign for them.
Use YOUR personal forums to make YOUR personal statements, not work forums, unless you are paid to do op-ed pieces. Even then, you’re still repping the TEAM…and I am on a LOTTA TEAMS…doing good things for a LOTTA PEOPLE. I do not like to be belittled or lumped in with everybody else because I am NOT like everyone else and that’s why people like me. I do me, even when I am working for YOU and I know where to place my thoughts and words.
It would be VERY easy for me to put people on blast. I use my forums for different things…and all of them stay active. I am ‘broadcasting online’ to an audience of 10,000+ daily… I am fluent AF in #Hashtag. I know how to brand something and make it stick, which is why branding the people mentioned in the post was such a bad move. #WrongForumDude, take that shit to YOUR Twitter ( <—- the #evl in me, would put a link there, but this is about education.) where you can broadcast your personal thoughts. Some streams cross, some don’t.
Take ‘The #BASEDRUSTY’ - I don’t post that stuff on my Facebook page, because I use my Facebook page and the statuses on it to show my true side and what I am feeling and thinking about as a man, artist, and writer. While The #BASEDRUSTY is obviously me and my creation, his mouth is VERY RECKLESS and he has no place on that page…yet…he’ll get there, but he’s gonna hafta stop cussin out every children’s TV show but Caillou. So, the people that I know would be into my music, videos, and blogs that are on my ‘Rusty Redenbacher (Musician)’ Facebook page get updates from The #BASEDRUSTY. And obviously, he gets free run on my Tumblr.
OH…THE #BASEDRUSTY WANTS YOU TO TAKE NOTE OF THESE LINKS HE IS PROVIDING TOO! HE WANTS YOU TO HIT THEM AND USE THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE HERE FOR YOUR ENLIGHTENMENT AND EDIFICATION! LEARN!!!
That guy, man… SMH…
Here’s another point; if you wanna tie everything into something bad, you can. If someone brings me a stack of dominoes, am I supposed to think that it represents the way the Nazis lined up Jews to shoot them to save bullets? Should I stop buying hot-dogs because they’re packaged in a way that kinda resembles the way Africans (not ‘slaves’, ‘AFRICANS’) were brought over here in the Middle Passage? (or cuz they’re pig-lips and booty parts…meh) It’s easy to find bad in the roots of anything on earth and the internet is a huge resource for that. It’s also the place where the most MISinformation is spread, so research your researchers.
(Hiya, Willie Lynch letter folks.)
What up, Fox News…? (You don’t get a link either. Do your damage on your own)
I am as offended by the fact that this post was so badly written as I am that there was no base of fact in what was being purported to be true on a HUGE website with a HUGE company with WAY more reach than I have personally…AND I was lumped in with the sell-outs. Wow. Just wow. As if I was too ignorant to check out what was going one with this trend or didn’t have enough sense to be oh, so very serious ALL THE TIME.
I do a LOT for my community, for my friends, and for the entire general perception of what #Naptown is. You better believe that. And when you post some stuff on a company site (in a part of the company that I DON’T EVEN WORK FOR), well, that’s just not a good look. You ain’t taking that kinda time to check on the music I am posting and promoting EVERY DAY but you got time to make sure my name is in the post that is against a promotion the company is doing (which I gave my voice to because I love to work for this company and I’m good…at…everything I do, bub. All of it.)
Now…here’s the unloading…all that up there was for everybody… #Shruglife, each one reach one teach one…here comes ‘ToughLove’
What your life like, man? Leave me outta the dumb shit until you know who I am and what I know about life and especially social-media. I look at my life online as a job because it is. It gets me my bookings (all of which I handle myself, yet again), which is how I eat.
Don’t play with me and take sideways shots because you are reading an EPIC well-written post by a PROUD BLACK MAN who will not stand idly by and be slandered sideways and have inferences made about him by people who work for the people he works for.. 1) because I am a better writer than you. 2) because I have a bigger audience than you personally do, so that shot on the company site was cheap and petty and 3) I can make it rhyme and have a whole team of people ready to get it out there in minutes and 4) I’m relentless and you will never outwork me…ever..and I do what you do because I love it…
Don’t play yourself like that ever again cuz next time, it won’t be a blog that also details how to research facts and provide links. If you don’t believe I’ve made my point, go back and hit the links. And see how I put my #FF for people I work for in this post, look at how I made the whole thing interesting and flow, even though some might see ‘TLDNR’…
(You even noted that you got onto ‘planking’ because of me, look at Rusty informing YOU of internet trends #everydayb! TAKE NOTE. I’ll be! Look at Rusty always being ahead of the curve and up on everything, wow. Look at Rusty go, man!)
…and he left your name outta it.
I’m not pissed no more and I have no more teaching to do today. Back to work.
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This right here. #ATFU