Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Watching news about Yahoo growing, I'm back at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, watching a performance of "Babar the Elephant," that I staged with a orchestra and cast in cardboard elephant outfits, using my husband, John Cullum, as the "Ringmaster."

Using a vacuum we brought from home, John blew up a weather balloon on stage -- it went from being pancake flat to a four foot, to an eight foot, then a ten foot, twelve foot, fifteen foot monster white ball -- oh my, what a sight! And with a gentle push -- John launched the giant balloon out into the sold out house where the children and their parents ooh-ed and ahh-ed!

What a moment -- it floated -- would it fall -- would it land in the balcony or hit the chandelier -- it was riveting, thrilling, spectacular, till if finally nested on the ceiling.

That's what I feel when I read about Yahoo buying TUMBLR, an ever-expanding social media Website with 111 million bloggers, lots of users under 25, with tag-able porn, often 75.8 million posts on its pages each day.

Oh Lordy me oh my, why oh why do we need another social network -- plus the other guys that Yahoo's courting for a merger -- PINTEREST where you pin info and photos on a scrollable wall; SNAPCHAT where you can share pix, vids, text that self-destructs after 10 seconds, SOUNDCLOUD where musicians play their creations, find backers, and listeners; WAZE -- driver's navigation land for routes and traffic reports; DROP BOX where you can put anything from any device that can be viewed.

Will Yahoo shove over -- yikes -- Facebookery likes, or Google's kit and caboodle, while Yahoo's  intertwining, combining, controlling, patrolling, directing, protecting, infecting the ooh-and-ahhing me and thee, as it as sails out over the whole world?

Dear God, please -- JEEZ -- I'm on my hands and knees like the guy in this video.


Peggy Bechko said...

LOL Em, well, we're social animals, no? I don't see the need for more social media, but that's me - plainly other folks embrace it whole-heartedly. Guess we're just going to have to be selective.

Carola said...

Everything's moving so fast. I was reading a novel set in 1996 and they don't even have cell-phones. All kinds of quandaries arise because people can't get to a phone.

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

For a cat - with CLAWS - balloons are pretty scary. 'Nough said.


Anonymous said...

Well that blew up real good.
Too much choice.
But things will sort themselves out. They all can't survive.
Can they? Mua ha ha.
Good post, Em. I'm glad your production went well. Kudos!
Louise Sorensen
louise3anne twitter

Anonymous said...

I love social media, for one thing if I did not have it right now, I would not have met you dear Em, so you see it matters to me. I love it. I have met you and so many other people on here. Social media, I am not good at sitting in front of a camera and talking to it. I want to do a short story on here and send it to you. Let me know if you would watch it. One more thing, what if I never had social media right now, how on earth could I have told you I been busy.
Em, I am getting a 5 year old kid who has tons of problems and no one wants him, he has been moved 4 times since 2012. Em, I love kids and I have to try to help him or he will fall through the cracks. Okay enough said from me. I have missed your awesome blogs, you are a wonderful friend. Kentucky Jan.

Anonymous said...

I am pretty plain about social media. I just like Twitter, and post occasionally on Facebook because I have friends there. If I haven't been locked up yet for what I say on Twitter I guess I won't be. I have looked at some other sites, but just want to be able to say what I want right now, which Twitter does nicely.
And I meet nice people like you, Em!

Unknown said...

Aiii!!! Technology!!! :)

We all feel a little overwhelmed by it sometimes, but I'm (usually) glad we have it.

I learn it at my own pace, and tell my daughters that I like to stay a step or two behind the latest things (I have a laptop, but not a smart phone :) ).

Every time I almost catch up, something NEW comes along! I started with MySpace, then got Facebook when it came along. I have a Twitter account I never remember to use, but I do frequently post on my Pinterest and Tumblr. And my blog??? It's natural state is dormancy, I'm ashamed to say...

It's a pretty amazing cyber-world out there!

Thanks for being a part of it, and for sharing your thoughts with all of us.

Unknown said...

There's no stopping the monster now as far as all this social media circus is concerned. There are some I like and some I dislike and I won't go into names but I don't know if it's true or not but I heard that the Google search engine will be taken away in 5 more years, it doesn't matter though because another one is in the wings waiting to take its place.