I confess that I’m not a big fan of blogs. So why am I writing one? Firstly, New Media has become king, and I know it’s imperative to maintain an online presence and keep people up to date with what I’m doing. Secondly, I feel like I’m part of a new (wired) generation, and I’ve got something to say.
When I began my entertainment journalism career back in 1995, the Internet had scarcely made an impact on Old Media. (For writers, that means magazines, newspapers and books). However my fortunes increased considerably between 1998 and 2002, when I wrote for online outlets as diverse as MTV, Launch (now Yahoo! Music) and Amazon. But after the Internet bubble popped and many sites cut back on freelance work, I dove more deeply into popular print media like the New York Times, American Way, Playboy, Giant and Request (R.I.P.), and my career continued to blossom thanks to the solid portfolio I had built up on the World Wide Web.
Now in 2009 the Internet is once again playing a vital role in my career, with my online presence swelling again even as I steadfastly contribute to print magazines. While I believe that the oversaturated blogosphere is generally no substitute for real journalism, and that a majority of blogs are bogus or filled with unfocused ramblings, there are some that have made an impact and provide rich ideas and much needed alternate viewpoints. (And, in the case of one, reprints full color pages of long-lost Fifties horror comics!)
Which leads me to why I’m creating this blog. There are often stories and ideas that I cannot write about or express through mainstream media outlets, for whatever reason. Therefore I plan to use this space to spotlight things that do not always get mainstream attention. Or if they do, I’d like to offer a different take on them.
My personal tastes span a vast terrain – I absorb everything from Japanese monster movies to vintage heavy metal to Broadway musicals to late-night television – hence the title of my blog. I plan to use this space to explore as much media as possible, whether through an essay, short interview, review or other format. While we have become a pop culture nation, there are still plenty of undiscovered jewels to be uncovered in all art forms. There are also many fascinating topics that need to be addressed.
Writing has always been my passion. And I have always prided myself on in-depth interviews and exposing people to new ideas. I plan to bring more of them to light here.