Lollies for Likes?

Well, it appears that yet another trend is emerging in the vast, superficial numbers-game that is social media marketing. A number of my school colleagues went to a nearby careers exhibition today, at which numerous colleges from around the country were advertising their curricula. Having been there myself a year ago, I didn’t bother going again, since I figured I’d already seen everything there was to see. This was not so, however.

Apparently, at one stall, a person had a laptop and a box of lollipops. A lollipop was handed to anyone who would be willing to sign into Facebook then and there, and give a “Like” to the college represented at the stall. To be honest, I don’t really know what to make of this. Is bribery really worse than some of the other shenanigans going on out there, like sock-puppet accounts and Tweet-bots?

In the end, I think this social media marketing concept is pretty ridiculous and, at the risk of sounding like Cliff Clavin, part of me believes that, somewhere sown the line, this will be recognised and the whole thing will be given up as a bad job!

More televisual anniversary celebrations!

Twenty years ago yesterday, Slappy Squirrel was introduced to America as “the crankiest of creatures in the whole wide world”. The next day, however, another contender entered the race: Marty Crane! That’s right, today marks the twentieth anniversary of the début of another excellent television programme, Frasier! This day twenty years ago, a Thursday, NBC donated an extra minute of airtime to their new programme, a decidedly generous move to help the teams at Grub Street and Paramount avoid a last-minute rewrite!

There’ll be no drawing today, but my mind’s eye is currently trying to show me Slappy Squirrel in Marty Crane’s chair, something which I might commit to paper by Friday…

Celebrations are in order…

Yes, I know it’s Friday 13, 2013, but that’s not what I’m talking about.

I am talking about the 20th anniversary of the première of one of the most wonderful (if not the most wonderful) cartoons to ever grace television: Animaniacs!

Yep, twenty years! Life suddenly seems very long, doesn’t it? Since then, we’ve seen two commercial companies bring this weird thing called the world wide web to the forefront and battle to the death for market share. Then, the loser just happened to be absorbed into a conglomerate alongside Warner Bros. Funny how all these things are connected, isn’t it?

Update: A drawing to celebrate: