Selfies on the campaign trail: one candidate’s social media creativity

Larry Miles (left) often encourages residents of Belle Isle to take selfie photos with him while he's out on the campaign trail.

Larry Miles (left) often encourages residents of Belle Isle to take selfie photos with him while he’s out on the campaign trail.


BELLE ISLE — Larry Miles may quickly be becoming known as the selfie king.
In the past few weeks, he’s stopped a number of fellow residents of Belle Isle to ask them to take a selfie with him — photos that he then posts on his social media sites.
“I stop and say, ‘Hey, I’m running, let’s take a selfie,’ ” he said. “They all love it. I think it’s fantastic.”
What’s unique about what Miles is doing is that it’s not an effort to post the highest number of selfie photos with other people on his social media pages. He is running, all right, but not as a jogger or part of a daily health routine. The running refers to his run for the Belle Isle city commission, in the municipal election that’s coming up on March 10.
Out on the campaign trail, meeting residents and talking about the issues that he’s campaigning on, Miles has found that his requests to take selfies with constituents has turned out to be a great way to meet people — and to introduce himself.
“I’ve always been a photo fan,” Miles said. “So I’ll say, ‘Want to take a selfie together? I’m not saying you’re endorsing me, I’m just saying I’m out meeting people and let’s take a picture together.’ ” Continue reading

The apartment in cinema: the walls of terror

Roman Polanski's film "The Tenant" explores the terrors of apartment living as part of his Apartment Trilogy.

Roman Polanski’s film “The Tenant” explores the terrors of apartment living as part of his Apartment Trilogy.


There’s a building boom going on in downtown Orlando, a healthy return for the construction industry that got battered during the Great Recession, and a sign that “growth” is once again becoming a critical engine for economic development in Central Florida.
This time, though, the boom is not for single family houses, or for subdivisions that offer row after row of cookie-cutter style homes. The trend now is upscale apartment living.
There are sections of downtown Orlando undergoing construction of new apartment complexes even though there are plenty of other new ones — often literally right across the street or next door. It suggests an insatiable appetite — at the moment, at least — for a downtown urban lifestyle. Continue reading

Some thoughts on Naked Rage Theatre

Freeline Productions has taken out an application for the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival for its play "Murder Sleep."

Freeline Productions has taken out an application for the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival for its play “Murder Sleep.”


It’s rather interesting to note that a lot of the criticism of the video game “Assassin’s Creed Unity” is not being made from an artistic perspective, or one focusing on the quality of this video game compared to many others — but from politicians.
The newly released game is set in Paris during the French Revolution in 1789, a follow-up to earlier video games set during the Crusades and the American Revolution, and made by a Ubisoft, a French company.
Heavy in bloody violence, the critics have denounced it for portraying the key players in the game as bloodthirsty murderers — when in fact the politicos insist they were heroic revolutionaries. After all, wasn’t it a case of the oppressed masses rising up against a privileged nobility that set off the revolution — a chance to bring down the folks who scoffed at the notion of fixing poverty, disease and hunger?
It will be left to those who can obsessively sit for hours next to their Xbox, playing video games for hours, to decide whether this one is effective or not — and to the French politicians to decide how it fits into their own particular version of the culture wars. Continue reading

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