Cultural Movements Haiku

Here is my tweet submission for the #UprisingGiveaway by Strawberry Frog’s Scott Goodson:

The challenge was to define and comment on cultural movements in a tweet. Given the brevity of the medium, I opted for the haiku form to help give me some constraints, and for the LOLZ. Also, traditional Japanese haiku is more than just the 5-7-5 syllable structure, as the poetic form often references nature. I decided to play with the metaphor of waves to describe the nature of cultural movements.

The idea of “surfing” upon the power of an ocean/cultural wave, rather than trying to control or force it parallels Goodson’s advice to marketers in BusinessWorld:

  • Instead of controlling the message, marketers must learn to relinquish control and let the movement do what it will with that message.
  • Companies must learn to stop talking about themselves and join in a conversation that is about anything but their products.

Marie Antoinette

I went to see Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette on Friday night. The film was beautiful, cinematographic cotton candy fluff. Honey, you don’t have to be smart, you just have to be pretty. Although Marie Antoinette lacks the inspired genius of Coppola’s Lost in Translation, it does once again prove that nobody can quite capture the essence of rich young white girl angst and anomie quite like Coppola.

Marie Antoinette – the haiku:

I don’t envy your

Feathers, wigs and petticoats

But I do want cake

Beck: The Information


Beck: The Information

My latest Amazon acquisition. I don’t usually buy CDs anymore, but this one comes with stickers to make your own album art and a DVD of all the tracks. Plus, I had an Amazon gift certificate from my credit card rewards points.

The review haiku:

Genre is Beck’s whore

Hip hop trailer trash bitch slap

Rimbaud with a beat