Why Slow and Steady Wins the Race in Social Media

A lot of the times, new business pop up and their owners are so excited about this new venture that they think they need to see quick growth on social media. This mindset may lead them to make some rash decisions such as buying followers or spending too much on ads. And it may look impressive to investors to have gained over 1,000 followers in under a month, but savvy investors know there's more to it than that. And the day-to-day consumer probably won't even pay attention.

Let's get this out of the way right at the front: Do not buy followers. No one knows for sure, but it's estimated that about 15% of social media accounts are bots. That's 15% of about 3 billion. So, if you had every bot on Twitter following you, it would bring your follower count up to about 450 million. Sounds impressive, right? It does right up until you realize that bots aren't buying your products or telling any real people about you. You could make the case that the high number of foll…

Where the Wild Things Are


When I was a child, I thought like a child and spoke like a child. Now that I've grown I've done away with childish things. But now here I am, a grown man talking about what life was like as a child. There's more than just a sense of nostalgia in Where the Wild Things Are. If you loved the book as a kid, then you will appreciate where director Spike Jonez has gone with this big screen adaptation. But more than that, you will admire the respect he gives to the whole idea and experience of being a child.

This movie stands on its own as a touching story about a boy learning about the pain he is able to inflict on others by exploring the possibilities using his own imagination. Rather than turning the book into a whole different story, it lifts it up and expands it into a fully fleshed-out story about the struggles one boy can have trying to learn how to deal with the emotions and creative power he has in the real world.

After unintentionally being either hurt or ignored by his family and their friends, Max runs away to an island full of monsters that make him their king. As he learns the intentions and the stories of the monsters, he begins to understand both them and himself. The first act with him at home dealing with his family is touching and heart-felt. If the rest of the movie had followed the first act's lead it would have been a masterpiece. Unfortunately, as soon as he gets to the island the movie seems to unintentionally lose focus. It's easy to say that this is because of how difficult it is to translate a ten-page book to a 90 minute movie, but the plots that are set in place should easily compensate for the time expansion. Rather, I think it's because the main plot is never quite as easy to recognize as the subplots.

Before I go into spoilers, I just want to say, that this is a movie that any fan of movies should see. At no point during the movie did you ever think that the monsters were fake. The combination of Jim Henson puppetry and CGI facial enhancement was superbly implemented and this along with the design, look and feel of the entire movie makes this a beautiful artistic achievement. When I say it loses focus, I don't mean for that to deter you from seeing it, just as fair warning. Where the Wild Things Are is a perfect movie to see as an adult reflecting on what it was really like to be a kid.

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  1. The cinematography of this movie was impressive, no doubt, but it seemed to be missing a "spark" of some kind... maybe it was just too low energy from beginning to end for me (or at least after the first ten minutes)

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