Addicted guest writer Amanda Connon-Unda shares her favorites from the North by North East Interactive portion of the festival.
With a great line-up of media mavericks at the NXNE Interactive conference this year, there were lots of insights that are helpful for anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd and make an impact in their chosen field. Here were some of the best.
Marc Maron, WTF Podcast: Seek therapeutic relief through your work
Comedian Marc Maron transcended the original context of standup comedy when he lucked-out with the podcast medium and helped define it with his seminal podcast, which takes advantage of Maron’s ability to connect with celebrities around their vulnerability. The rules he goes by? Keep human interactions in their most honest form. Maron reminds us that we crave these instances of authenticity, in a time when there is a predatory impulse behind our celebrity culture.
When Marc first started his podcast he had just gone through a divorce and he had the sense that he had failed as a standup comedian. He was seeking an outlet for his grief and frustration. “… I knew I had to keep talking somewhere or I would kill myself,” he said. During times when he was depressed, his comedy was witty but self-loathing, and his interview style evolved out of his state of mind. He wanted famous people to help him and he wanted them to tell him their lives were bad at some point too. Marc’s listeners told him they found his podcast helpful when they were going through a hard time too. With the success of his podcast, he is now being offered more opportunities and he sells more tickets to his standup shows.
Cindy Gallops, MakeLoveNotPorn.com: Stop caring about what people think
“Fear of what other people think is the single most paralyzing thing in business and in life. If people broke out of that mindset they would realize that everyone thinks the same way,” Cindy Gallops told the NXNE audience. Her answer is: “Don’t close down. Open up.” Cindy, a TED Talks alumnus and successful tech entrepreneur, wants us to have an open honest conversation about our intimate relationships. Her team of 4 at makelovenotporn.com has a mission to socialize sex. She says her site is part of the sharing economy, much like airbnb. “We’re not porn. We’re not ‘amature’. We’re #realworldsex”
Currently Cindy explains that porn is repetitive and formulaic, and it’s much like the old-world models in music, TV, journalism, publishing and advertising. She says that the explosive growth in violent porn is driven by a bunch of guys who are trying to make money by shocking us. “I bring a unique business perspective to porn,” she says. Cindy reminds us to be perseverant and to innovate, rather than copy what has been done before. Her prediction: “The next big thing in tech that’s changing is sex. Silicon Valley should look at the area that impacts us most… I believe future is collaboration to make things better for all of us, while leveraging our skills and talents.”
Stay tuned for part 2!