Archive | January, 2011

“Night of the Zodiac” After Party at NV

27 Jan

Natalie Errthum, photograph contributed to Abigail Marie

Charleston After Dark is throwing another fun and unique party at NV on January 27, 2011. Come show off all of your purchases from the South Carolina Sale Soiree at the official after “PARtee” of the event. “The Night of the Zodiac” presents Natalie Errthum of Strawberry Blonde Salon and Abigail Marie of [Non’pa*reil] Photography and features a “unique photography exhibit of amazing hair designs by Natalie Errthum emphasizing each sign of the original zodiac and features local models.”

Come for the giveaways, come for the unique and bizarre event, come for the musical styling of DJ Rocky Horror and Birdflu. But most importantly, come to be entertained. After all, that’s what Charleston After Dark does best.

So come and party with the models and retailers after the SAle Soiree and find your sign!!!

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Spinning Social and Web 2.0

21 Jan

I often find myself questioning how we begin to define “social” in the 24 hr technological cycle. With the advent of social media and trends of tweeting, posting, liking, commenting and retweeting, has it become a social norm for people to forgo face-to-face communication for a hybrid form of computer mediated communication? Has social media forced us into an anti-social pattern of granting virtual space the new top priority in our interactions, and if so, what are the consequences to our interactions? Sure, the web allows us to reach out to people living in different time zones and places we could only imagine of going, but are these actual meaningful relationships, or is it just a way to further our egotistical selves.

I’m part of the Millennial generation. I began using the computer in elementary school and have had one hand connected to it ever since.  By 2006, I had made the switch from MySpace to Facebook and I can confidently say that is when my addiction started. It is also the year I began my undergraduate journey in the hopes of a job offer at the completion of it. As a corporate communications major, every facet of the new web 2.0 craze was exciting and a little overwhelming. Ok, very overwhelming. Now fast forward to present day. I fought becoming a tweeter as long as I could because of the social stigma associated to the term, and the SNL skits didn’t help ease that fear either. But with a new internship opportunity, I figured I would join the bandwagon, and I have been very impressed thus far.

As a social person, it is becoming more and more difficult to leave the iPad at home for fear of missing out on the latest information made available by twitter. Even with a Blackberry in hand, I feel a slight anxiety about missing out on the 24 hour news cycle. Now, back to the question posed above. It is going to be interesting to see how our human connections are maintained and cultivated in the age when CMC (computer mediated communication) is being increasingly popular.

Social in Every Sense

17 Jan

     There’s a great article that I recently read for my Marketing class. I found it on Bloomberg Businessweek, www.businessweek.com. The article, Marketing to Millennials is very insightful into the generation who holds the trump cards in many areas in the economic sectors. While I fall into the millennial category, as a soon-to-be College of Charleston graduate, looking to enter the field of public relations and marketing, any information regarding social media, generational tendencies and media trends is a welcome read. I recently obtained an internship with Charleston After Dark and CHS365. The company helps local businesses, designers and the Charleston social scene in networking their expertise to the public. We plan parties for great causes, help market great events and attempt to figure out the true capacities of social media. Through my internship with C.A.D., i’ve met influential people in the Charleston networking realm and gained innumerable real world experiences. This blog is an attempt to share some of my findings from people and businesses that I follow on Twitter and upcoming events in Charleston.