Posts in Brian's Journal
What the Odyssey can teach us about the need for New Media Content Leaders

New media content leaders, like Homer and his famous Odyssey, are really most concerned about the meaningful starting point and the meaningful destination.

In order to acquire long term results…

Customers should convert not just with their money, but with their attitudes upon arrival. Customers should feel a special attachment to their destination, like Odysseus's special attachment to his home in Ithaca.One time customers convert to loyal customers when they take the happy route of Odysseus, not the fast and unhappy one of Agamemnon.

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OK Google, who is Achilles? I listened to the Iliad with AI – it was way better than reading the book

Now I didn’t expect that I would get from start to finish, but I did. I thought it would be one of those experiences where I could say, “Ok, I get what the Greeks would have liked about this work, but I’m not a Greek so two hours is enough to get the point.” Nope. I listened to all 13 hrs. And It was invigorating and inspirational. What allowed me to get to the end? It was “OK Google.”

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The comedy that should have won an Oscar in 1970. Today it is more relevant than ever!

As someone who is producing a podcast on Davy Crockett, I did my best to watch every single Alamo movie ever produced. I believe I am almost there, but there are a couple I am having a hard time getting my hands on.

One particular Alamo movie that proved to be elusive was "Viva Max." This is an irreverent comedy that portrays a tyrannical yet oddly lovable general who attempts to reoccupy the Alamo Mission one hundred and fifty years after the Texans win their independence from Mexico.

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Davy Crockett timeline from 1786 to 1836 and beyond

Davy Crockett wore a lot of hats — not just a coonskin cap. He was a famous hunter, a charismatic politician, and a war hero. Some people know him for his legacy — his fight for the fair treatment of the poor and his participation in the Texas Revolution. Others may play down his historical significance, regarding Crockett more as a poster child of a new American culture emerging on the frontier. But yet seeming to collide with the quintessential frontiersman image, are all of those things that make him seem more like an outlier. He was the only congressman of Tennessee to vote against the Indian Removal act — an action that lead to his political ruin.

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Halley's Comet - The fascinating connection between Mark Twain and Davy Crockett

Strangely enough as Crockett was on his way out, another luminary figure was being brought into the world. This individual would become a prolific writer who would owe a great deal of his craft to the folklore and legends that were developed around Davy Crockett. 

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Difference between Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone

It is unfortunate that Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett are so often paired together. Not only were their personas and legacies entirely distinct, but the spirits of the ages they come from are perhaps as different as the Greeks and Romans. Ok, maybe I went a little over the top with that comparison. But I have to make the point that blending these two figures together prevents us from understanding the real men and the cultures that they belonged to.

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