But the first video could not have been more perfect.
And they were right - it did kill the radio star. Or, alternatively, it gave birth to both the video star and the talk radio star. And the Ipod, Iphone and everything else after it. Then, MTV killed itself like a Dalek by not being MTV anymore and we all wandered off and did something else.
But we are again in an era between two things that work right now. A broken, crack of a space with terrible.... copywriting.
The internet, apparently, leaves us no time for pesky details like grammar and spelling. And I'm not throwing stones, because I compose my posts live too - we all do - and it's easy to hit send/save/publish with an error. It's a modern plague, really.
But it represents an opportunity for a HERD of really excellent copywriters to fan out to news organizations and advertising agencies and make the world better while getting rich.
I'll give you two examples that just kill me every time I hear them - these are radio ads I hear about twenty times a day.
"If you don't replace your XYZ, then you're really going to be kicking yourself in the head."
Now I'm sure Jean Claude VanDamme can kick himself in the head, but I don't believe most people can. It's like they didn't read that one out loud to themselves at all before they sent it to the voice actor.
And then this from a Mercedes Dealership: "We do things one way, or we don't do them at all."
Okay... well that was a lot of words to say absolutely nothing.
I am a big fan of reading computer-composed text out loud. I do it for my blog posts and it really helps me avoid super egregious errors, but it also ensures that my words really reflect the way I actually speak, which is always how I want to come across.
Well, not always. I would never put in print what I say in my car to other drivers, for example. But I can promise you it's heartfelt :).
For today's card, I borrowed a technique from +Jennifer McGuire to whip up a clean and simple holiday scene.
I just masked off the triangle with low-tack tape and then sponged pink and orange ink through our Dots & Stripes Decorative mask and stamped the greeting from Cheerful Christmas on top. I love how clean and modern it looks. I deliberately made it darker on the left to add some dimension. I also did the sponging on watercolor paper - I like the way the ink works with that surface - I seem to always make a mess when I do this on white - the watercolor paper's tooth keeps me in check.
Of course every time I see this greeting I hear Buddy the Elf saying "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."
Of course, Buddy the Elf has never heard me sing, so there's that.
The internet killed the copywriting star. So what comes next?
I can guaran-darn-tee you it AIN'T autocorrect.