My generation stole music because record companies got greedy and kept raising prices (and were successfully sued twice for price-fixing, resulting in multi-million dollar settlements). We also 'stole' it because they refused to sell us MP3s because the margins weren't as high as CDs. The RIAA even tried to block MP3 players from being manufactured (like the MPAA and TV industries tried to block the VCR).
I love this stuff and have the benefit of over a decade of immersion in the medium. I spent college in front of a computer monitor instead of partying, and one of my favorite things in the world is to get other people as excited about the intersection of communications theory and technology as I am.
If you're in to credentials, I have Bachelor's and Master's in Communications from Grand Valley State University and I've worked at Grand Rapids-based communications firms including J.W. Messner, Inc. and Seyferth & Associates. I've done crisis communications, online reputation management, written social media policy, developed training, and promotion for over a decade with Grand Rapids Community College.
Presently I'm a Marketing Associate at 834 Design & Marketing and most recently worked on the promotional campaign that made "Lights in the Night" a Top Five Artprize entry.
I currently serve on the board of the West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Marketing Committee of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, the Marketing Committee of the Grand Rapids Film Festival, and I'm an adjunct faculty member at Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.
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