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March 29, 2009

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From East Lansing to Silicon Valley

I was back in East Lansing last week, first talking to journalism students and then giving a speech to the kids who won the same scholarship I had back in the day.

Lots to say about the experience, but my brain hasn’t quite recovered enough to articulate it yet.

But check this out: MSU student Megan Gebhart wrote a blog post about part of one presentation. You’re going to click the link and laugh at the post title. Yes, it’s in the water out here.

Posted March 29, 2009 at 11:01 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted


How times have changed. Gebhart doesn't mention---perhaps because she doesn't know---that Robin's first start-up at MSU was old-media. Dear _Oats_: the anti-profit literary magazine for the rest of us. Can you imagine a time when a paper-based publication seemed like the right way to go?

Yet times also haven't changed. Robin has been pushing the start-up spirit on young MSUers since at least our junior year. When we led the special "leadership" seminar, we argued that best way to get students invested in their education and to enjoy their time at MSU was to make them break out on their own and create something.

Yes; in 1998, even we crazy futurists knew -- not believed, knew -- that the only people who published literary magazines on the internet were vanity-driven, attention-starved weirdos.

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