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Tuesday
Aug312010

Three Detroit Stories

I’ve had a few Detroit stories swimming around in my brain that I’ve been meaning to tell you about. Sometimes I forget that many of you aren’t on Twitter. Things that seem so yesterday to the Twitter world aren’t always publicized in other ways. 

So, have a look!

Johnny Knoxville, known for “Jackass: The Movie”, is checking out Detroit in a campaign for Palladium, a boot company. The daredevil explores Detroit and the people who are passionate about the city. Detroit Lives was set to premier yesterday but it has been pushed back to September. From the trailer, it seems like they got it right.

 

 

Hard Luck Candy Vodka martinis.Do you remember the candy you loved as a child? Candy fish and root beer barrels, anyone? Now your favorite candy flavors have been distilled into vodka! Yes, they’ve been adultified! (That’s a word, right?)

Hard Luck Candy Vodka was started when the owners began infusing vodka at the Hard Luck Lounge in Grosse Pointe. They’ve been around for a bit but their official launch was two weeks ago. I tried both the Candy Fish and the Root Beer Barrel vodka at the launch and am a bit smitten with the root beer version. New flavors are on the horizon. Find Hard Luck Flavored Vodka near you!

Have you heard about The Backchannel? Stephen Clark, news anchor at WXYZ, started this online phenomenon to merge old media and new media, to interact with the Detroit community, and to showcase positive stories about Detroit. He can explain it much better than I can, he’s pretty good with words, you know! Check out the beginnings of the Backchannel, the upgrade, and where it stands now.

Now, I’m not suggesting you grab some root beer flavored vodka, kick up your feet, and watch the news but… actually that isn’t a bad idea. Oh, and I’ll keep you posted when “Detroit Lives” is set to premier.

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Thanks for remembering the Rest Of Us, Becks!

. . . Though I do see that @sclarkwxyz RTs the shout-out, appropriately.

And for some reason, I'm thirsty now.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Stamm

Alan,
You're one of the people I was thinking of and thought you might be interested in what Stephen is doing with the #backchannel. Unfortunately, if you're not on Twitter it's hard to see the full effect during a broadcast.

Stephen Clark has done more than embrace the social media community in Detroit, he's now a part of it.

Hmm, it seems you are monitoring Twitter. Jump in and take the plunge, the water is nice. ;-)

August 31, 2010 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

Alan, I put this on Twitter but then thought, "He will never see this". So until you are on Twitter, here it is.

@becksdavis Your friend Alan who is not on Twitter can search for backchannel & watch realtime: http://www.twitscoop.com/search?backchannel

@becksdavis Even better by using #backchannel and this link : http://www.twitscoop.com/search?%2523backchannel

HOward

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHoward H. Collens

Thanks @howardcollens and @becksdavis. I also admire Stephen's crowdsourcing and out-front convergence of broadcast + social in a way that draws national attention in his industry and mine (MarCom), as well as among bloggers too numerous to count.

I had been aware of #backchannel from local posts by -- forgive me, Becks -- Becky Johns and Matt Friedman, and keep up for now via feed of #thebackchannel 2.0

But as for 'Detroit Lives' and candy vodka: Heard it here first!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Stamm

No worries, Alan. Becky Johns & Matt Friedman are full of awesome!

August 31, 2010 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

Stephen Clark has done more than embrace the social media community in Detroit, he's now a part of it.

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