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“Failure’s hard, but success is far more dangerous. If you’re successful at the wrong thing, the mix of praise and money and opportunity can lock you in forever”. — Po Bronson

I am a stand-up comedy lover. I am an avid Comedy Central watcher and have also been known to catch the latest season of “Last Comic Standing“. With such a wide variety of personalities to choose from, it is hard to pin-point a favorite comedian. However, there is one who currently stands out among his peers, Daniel Tosh.

Daniel Tosh

Ever since I saw his Comedy Central Presents, I was hooked. Tosh is witty and smart and it takes several viewings to fully get the depth of all of his jokes. He tells several jokes that involve a turn of events but also brings the element of unexpectedness into play. He starts with a basic concept that has mass appeal (for everyone to enjoy) and drags it out to a specific and detailed extreme. This style is particularly interesting because it implies that the audience has to have a pre-existing knowledge of topics in order to truly understand all of his jokes

The best part about Tosh is that he does not make any excuses for his approach to comedy. He tells the jokes he wants to, instead of conforming to stereotypical comedy topics to gain popularity. He is working on slowly building his fan base and cares more about being able to do what he loves and not so much just making money.

In my opinion, this is an outlook that can help anyone to have success. And in that case, the right type of success.

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New Media Courage

“Why are we inspired by another person’s courage? Maybe because it gives us the sweet and genuine surprise of discovering some trace, at least, of the same courage in ourselves.” — Laurence Shames

New Media. It is all anyone is talking about these days. From college classrooms to office meetings, everyone is trying to find a new angle on social media to give themselves an edge.

Michigan State University saw the need for a formal education in social media, and created a course titled “New Media Driver’s License.” The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the digital tools available that can help create on-line communities and reach out to customers.

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With the growing popularity of social networking sites it makes sense that everyone would want to get a hand in. This course will make it possible for MSU students to have a leading role in the new media frenzy.

Knowing how to use the newest tools to engage with a consumer is just one step on the right path. The real trick comes with getting out your message effectively and not being overlooked. TheĀ  NMDL class is geared toward making sure the later does not happen, and in this new age of an increasingly digital world having an upper hand is the best thing one can hope for.

My step into the digital world has been a very hesitant one. I never joined the MySpace community. When all of my friends started creating their facebook pages, I resisted for at least a few months. This is the first blog I have ever written. I was not holding back because of a lack of understanding the new technology, it was mostly a trust issue. I was afraid to have too much information available on the internet.

That was before. Now I see that it is all a choice. I can choose the content of my profiles and blogs and I can use them to create a positive image for myself.

I knew that signing up for a course in new media was a great idea for learning how to advance a company’s image, but now I see that I can use this new media to make myself shine. As a former reluctant user, however, I know this class is going to push me out of my comfort zones. This is where the influence from the rest of the students and the instructors will help me to find the courage to drive full speed ahead.