V-Log: Did Millennials Kill Snark? Or Did Twitter?

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Some thoughts on NYC media.

V-Log: The Vision Thing — Serving A Market / Audience Space In #NYC Media Not Being Served Since The Demise of Gawker

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Executive Summary: Since the demise of both The Village Voice and Gawker, a market and audience in New York City is currently being completely unserved.

I do not live in New York City.

Let me repeat — I do not live in New York City.

Having said that, I was recently in the city New Year’s Day and I found myself in a nice dive bar in the East Village, the name of which eludes me. While I was there, I was wasted and I had an “ah-ha” moment — right now, there’s no small gritty publication that covers New York City that is known outside of the city itself or individual neighborhoods that micro publications might cover.

As such, the following is not even a daydream. It’s more of an idle observation about the state of the publishing world in New York City. As of right now, there’s a young, hip audience in New York City (one that frequent sets trends nationally) that is not being served in a manner that is known outside the confines of the city itself.

I’m not saying I’m the person to fix that issue because, well, like I mentioned, I don’t live in the city. What’s more, I don’t have any money and don’t really know anyone in the city. I do, however, have a unique skill set that if I was to magically find myself in the city for, say, six months, I feel could probably endup in something pretty cool happening.

But absolutely no one, but no one, owes me anything, so the following is more about me letting off steam while I develop a novel that any belief that it will cause anyone to help me out. I have a proven track record in strategic thinking when it comes to a publication, in the guise of the late, great ROKon Magazine in Seoul about 10 years ago.

All this verbiage is me simply me realizing that an audience and its associate market is currently not being served in any demonstrable manner. Of course, there are two things that are causing this — one is the Web is mature. Blogs really don’t have the cultural cache that they used to have because of the other big issue — the diffuse nature of social media.

What young people used to find on a site like, say, Gawker, they now find on Twitter or whatever video platform of the moment they might be interested in. So, in a sense, this post is more about me lamenting my lost youth than anything else, I guess.

I would idly note that you might be able to game the system by doing essentially a zine at first that you handed out in front of major publications around the city and then once it got some attention then you could launch it as a Website.

Maybe.

But it’s just fun to think about.

No one owes me — or anyone else — anything. And besides not having any money, not living in the city and not having any contacts in the city, the entire idea of a blog is now kind of passe.

Anyway. Maybe this blog post will inspire someone else to do what I can’t.

Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va. He may be reached at migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.

V-Log: #NYC Tales

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Some idle rambling about New York City.

V-Log: The Death Of Gawker & The Village Voice Has Opened A Window Of Opportunity In New York City Media

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

It occurred to me over the weekend that if I lived in NYC and had the resources — which I do not — I could probably do something pretty cool in New York City’s media industry.

#FOTUS Epilogue: ‘Never Trend’

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I can’t sleep for some reason, so I find myself thinking about this scenario. What if Tuesday or the next day New York Magazine runs a story purporting to have a little bit of evidence that Donald Trump was Shera Bechard’s babydaddy?

Then what?

A lot depends on if the story gets any traction or not. If it got some traction and I — simply because of my enormous paper trail if nothing else — became a part of the narrative, my first inclination would be to say fuck it and get on the ChinaTown bus and head to New York City.

But that would be extremely irrational because, well, what would I expect would happen once I got there?

That won’t happen, though, so I have no reason to keep thinking about it.

I need to try to sleep.

V-Log: Some Thoughts On Brooklyn

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Idle rambling about Brooklyn compared to Haebangchon in Seoul.

V-Log: Idle Rambling About New York City

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Just idle rambling about New York City.

Idle Rambling About My Visits To NYC & My Love Of The City

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I’ve reached a singularity where boredom, frustration and lack of inspiration meet, so I find myself struggling to think of something to write about.

So let’s talk about my visits to New York City. The origin of my visits to New York City is so completely bonkers that you couldn’t make it up if you wanted to. Now, I’m a big city guy. I lived in Seoul for a few years and I kind of think if your city isn’t big enough to have a subway it’s not a real city to begin with. I love the subway — at least in Seoul — and so New York City is definitely somewhere that I would love to not only just visit on a occasion but live for the rest of my life.

But back to how my first visit to New York happened.

Let’s go back to a weird time in my life. I was barely employed — much like now — and had a lot of time on my hands. I noticed pretty randomly the wit and beauty of fashion It Girl, Alexa Chung and started talking a lot about her online. I have an obsessive personality and as such kind of went off the deepend.

I wasn’t threatening or hostile, I was just write a lot about her from different angles as I have been about the #FOTUS scandal theory.

Well, all this writing got the attention of a troll who decided to play a cruel little trick on me. He made it seem to me that Alexa Chung herself was mad at me or some such. Regardless, the point is, at some point I got really mad at what the troll had said and suddenly had an absolute desire to visit New York City to prove a point. The point being — don’t fuck with me.

So, I took the Chinatown Bus and found myself in NYC on morning in the middle of a minor winter snowstorm. It was like Normandy Beach 1944 when bounced out of the front door of the bus in Chinatown that morning. I visited HQ of the then-existent Gawker and eventually found myself in Brooklyn. I was rather underwhelmed by Brooklyn. I thought it was supposed to be the coolest place in the world, but, alas, compared to my experience in the little area of Seoul called Haebangchon, I found Brooklyn lacking.

If I were to hangout in the general New York City for a while I might grow to like Brooklyn more, but from my limited experience to date, I’m much more of a East Village person. I want to live in the East Village, drink beer and sing at Sing Sing Avenue A and stagger home with my new best lady friend.

I specifically got a smartphone for the first time since Seoul for my first visit to NYC. All of this change my life, to say the least. But I only stayed in NYC for about a day, but I realized I loved it. I love it with all my heart. The reason is, Seoul and NYC have a lot in common. Form follows function as they say. Seoul is like NYC with training wheels. You really are on your own in Seoul as an expat and the skillset you develop in Seoul is easily applicable to NYC. In Seoul no one will talk to you because they can’t speak English, in NYC they won’t talk to you because they don’t care.

If you’re really all that interested in my first visit to NYC, look at my Instagram account and go to the VERY BEGINNING. It will take you a while to get to it given how much I’ve used my Instagram account in the years since, but it’s fairly interesting documentation of my first, personally historic, visit to The Big Apple.

Anyway, I visit NYC every once in a while now. Not nearly as often as I would like and because of changes in my life it’s likely I’m not going to visit anytime soon for no other reason than I’m flat broke. I like to say that if you put me in New York City with access to the subway for six months I’d be a minor celebrity at least in the city within a month or two. But, then, I’m prone to hyperbole.

‘Lady New York’ — #Lyrics To A Pop-Rock Song

This is just an ode to New York City. It would be a pop-rock song. This would be an upbeat response to LCD Soundsystem’s New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down.

Lady New York
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

lady New York
I enter you on the ChinaTown bus
the wifi sucks and works not enough
see you in the distance calling my name
knowing if I could stay
you’d be my ticket to fame
I only get to be your lover for a weekend
don’t get to stay
know you wish it could be some other way

lady New York
love you when I can
lady New York
you’re waiting for me
lady New York
lady New York
lady New York

your streets and bars
are there to inspire me
it’s clear to see
if I could be with you forever
things would never be the same
but it’s never to be
it’s obvious to me

lady New York
our time together is a blast
but it doesn’t last
we always have to part
just as we’re about to start
maybe one day that will change
but I fear such thoughts are in vain

lady New York
love you when I can
lady New York
you’re waiting for me
lady New York
lady New York
lady New York

[bridge]
I know you’ll one day be mine
I know it will be so fine
we’ll grow old together
and I’ll get to raise a family with you
lady New York
lady New York
lady New York

but it’s all a dream
it all has to end
when we will me again
I just don’t know
lady New York I’ll be in you again soon
lady New York
lady New York
lady New York

Talk To Me Internet: My Trip To #Brooklyn #NYC

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I went to NYC recently. Here’s my report.