In the spirit of Thanksgiving we'd like to share our take on the TURDUCKEN and spread a little more knowledge about everyone's favorite bird stuffed inside another bird stuffed inside another bird. Happy Thanksgiving from Banyan!
The world of journalism has changed in the internet era. Newsrooms are significantly smaller now than they were 10 years ago, and news is no longer a once-a-day product, but instead a constant flow of information. The rise of Twitter brought concerns within the industry - would this overwhelming source of direct raw information put professional reporters out of business? Journalists are now faced with the challenge of adapting their roles in this digital era, finding new ways to add value to content, and helping to ensure that the internet is changing our worldview for the better.
The results of Dart STL are live once again in the same format as last year's site. It appears there may be a few more dart hits this year despite what was in our opinion a lack of backend on the social media & viewing party. Granted, this isn't a full time institution but it seemed the popularity and enthusiasm of last year's DartSTL eclipsed this years, and strangely, even somewhat in the overall quality of photo submissions.
We hope that Dart STL does return again next year because it is a very unique idea that gives amateur and pro photogs the ability to view parts of the city in a new way on the whim of a dart toss. Get some interns on the twitter and Facebook, mix up the branding a little and we can see this having an even bigger turnout with excellent submissions. Who knows - maybe even a book down the road where the featured photographers get a slice of the profit?
Here's a few of our favorite shots from 2012. Click the photos to see where in St. Louis they were taken.
We've all been paying attention to this undercurrent of STL positivity since the very beginning when Aaron Perlut wrote his semi-viral article/manifesto, St. Louis Doesn't Suck; a great piece by a non-native that points out the benefits of living in this unique city of ours. Well, the article spurred the creation of a twitter account and tumblr which went thru a reforming earlier this year into RallySTL. The website launched a little while ago but mostly was pointing to events taking place this week in order to find out more.
If you're like us, you were curious as to what exactly the "big idea" was behind this reformulation and rebranding. Well, the website now had been revamped to spell it out: "RALLY SAINT LOUIS IS A COMMUNITY- POWERED PLATFORM DESIGNED TO HARNESS THE CREATIVITY AND PASSION OF RESIDENTS AND POSITION THE REGION AS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK, LIVE & PLAY."
The Rally process is then broken down into five sections: 1. Crowdsource Ideas 2. Voting 3. Planning 4. Crowdfunding 5. Build. The process is kind of a mish-mash of various other concepts already in existence but with the sole purpose of enhancing St. Louis in a variety of Idea Categories:
- THE ARTS
Coolfire Media also created a video that completely summarizes the intent of Rally STL.
In all honesty, we're a little split on the effectiveness and necessity of an idea like this. On the one hand, anything that promotes St. Louis and encourages creative solutions to a whole host of problems that plague our city visibly and subtly is obviously a step in the right direction. On the other hand, why do we need a platform in order to capture the energy behind these ideas? Will it really help or will it lead to a host of executions that are filtered down to a glimmer of the original concept? Take a look at the City Museum for example. It is arguably one of the (if not the) main, non sports-related, tourist attractions in the city that bring people from all around. This was not a crowd-sourced concept that was given it's nod of approval by the social media lords. It was the passion, drive and controlled inspiration/insanity of one man able to knock out his idea.
We guess we're wondering what is really being communicated with a platform like this... Are we saying that we need to formalize the creative/entrepreneurial/? process in order to bring innovation to our city or else it won't happen? Is it too self-aware and slightly hokey (especially in branding and design)?
Or is it finally the push we need in order to play catch up on a national level? It's apparent that this same sort of concept in Detroit, a city that's been teetering on the brink of complete disaster, would be a worthy cause and potentially promote change. The problem is, we're not on the brink of disaster. Yes, we have ridiculous amounts of violence and crime, but we've also been maintaining a sort of cultural balance and purgatory for years.
We'd love to hear the community's thoughts on this endeavor. We guess we'll take the low road for now and say, we're behind the idea… if it works. And, we recognize that regardless of the end results, it takes an enormous amount of time and passion to actualize this idea and bring it forth into reality - all from one magazine article. Big props to Aaron Perlut for creating this conversation and actually making it happen on his own and with the help of many others. That right there is a positive sign no matter what.