Monday, April 19, 2010

The Problem With Ted Cantu Is - He May Be Right


You learn something after you been stuck in a sewer for ten years. You see disturbing patterns. You see the filth, you see the stupidity and most of all you see all the mistakes that infest your local surroundings. People screw up - repeatedly and with that - you move forward. Call it progress. Call it improvement.

The Erosion Of The Job Culture
There is one good thing that occured in the last ten years. Aside from the rising prices associated with the cost of living the entire economic fabric of S.E. Michigan came toppling down. Now that the dust is settling we can see this state for what it really is. The rose colored shades are off and what we are left with is a clean slate. The first thing you notice is that there are no jobs. There are service oriented positions that will dole out a few bucks but nothing substantial.

Surely there is nothing to get excited about. When you weigh your options it makes little sense to get a formal education from U of M, EMU or State, it just does not matter because its meaningless. If your end goal is a solid 40K a year it makes no difference what frat you go to, what social club you go to, or what college you waste your time and money in.

You are better off selling from the get go. My advice to the young people of Detroit is learn how to sell something and start selling it. Week after week, month after money making month you had better learn how to sell something. And you should take your money and throw it into a smart revenue earning vehicle and double it.

I've been selling Yamaha atv parts online lately, Ive been selling rock and roll music in Metro Detroit, I have been selling Kawasaki motorcycle parts and I have been selling marketing services. Everything is on sale here in Metro Detroit and just about every company I run into is trying to sell something so they do not have to forever close their doors. The whole damn state is falling apart and our Mayor is going to be thrown into prison. Glad Im here folks.

Worse, our radio stations are thrown into 1983 because of this "alternative movement". We are living in very confused times. The media is totally confused and so are its denizens. What we need in Metro Detroit is focus and vision. More importantly than that we need purpose.

I haven't seen that sort of intention since the Ann Arbor Artist Co-op and the MC5. I have not seen that special brand of integrity since Goober and the Peas. My generation was supposed to stand for something and now all we got is Facebook and Twitter. Worse, my generation seems to lack any sense of pop culture sensibility. Beat poetry is looked upon with a haze of nostalgia and pornography is mainstream. Money is looked upon as "trendy" and when you boil it all down we are living in very confused times.

But What About The Big Empty Houses?
Who ever told S.E. Michigan people that they were worth more than what they were earning was obviously lying to them. These empty mansions are all stacked up in a neat little row, friendless, vacant and ready to be loved again. Too bad the people who were shucked out of them are all living in $1,000 dollar apartments. These sad rows look like something out of - Empire of the Sun - and the evil empire are the banks. They're sad too because they have suddenly found themselves in the housing market.

Where are the mortgage criminals? Is anybody accountable anymore? Why aren't they in prison? My God, who constructed this environment. My prior generation really fucked things up in this country. My State of Michigan, the once proud and mighty State is in shambles. Is anyone going to do a thing about it?

What do you do with all of this failure? An MLM is NOT going to pull you out of this mess dear friend. A 10% mark-up and a new church is not going to be enough to clean up this type of destructive past - you need a steamroller, a new brain, and a new purpose.

Strippers Seek Love and Acceptance
WDIV gets a big thumbs down. I recently saw a segment on an uplifting idea. The news media were encouraging professional women to ditch their low paying careers and bare it all on stage to pay the mortgage. Stupid idea. Its not charming. Most of the strip clubs in Detroit are an eyesore filled with depression and doom and gloom. Plus the pay they were getting all giddy about was very small. I think the most they were hawking about on the air was only 60 grand. In todays world that is terrible money. You are better off doing an MLM and working a night job at Wendys. Yes, its grueling and ugly work but at least its morally clean.

But what do I know.....

Im keeping my pants on and have plans to slug it out in this cesspool. I had no idea my state was going to completely come undone. The longer I look at it the worse it gets. I can't take looking at another dilapidated house for sale.

I am looking for the new saviors of this state.

Are The Film Makers For Real?
Are there really flimmakers coming to Michigan? WIll they be able to save this state? Is that a real thing or some twisted media generated fantasy. I met a lot of these "film dudes" and let me tell you something. Its no big bargain. After living in New York City, (The art capital of the world) and Chicago I ran into a lot of media people. The clowns I met in Michigan, (and Yes, I used the word clowns you heard me), I do not feel that these individuals are really the real deal we were expecting. The folks I have met are not literate about film. They have no point of reference when it comes to.... anything, no timeline of directors, genres or anything and yet..... we are supposed to have faith in them.

Thats scary as hell.

I hope the alternative energy people are real. I know that it is next to impossible to get funded for anything. I don't want to hear about publicly traded companies at this point. I am looking for something substantial.

There has to be something substantial coming out of Metro Detroit.

That train is looking better and better to me all the time. Unless something explodes in our city streets, I may be tempted to jump on one.

Posted by Ted Cantu, April 19, 2010

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As a marketer working in Detroit you have a couple of options. You can leave or you can stick around and try to find something to sell. Finding something to sellin Michigan is actually pretty easy. With so many companies going out of business and all of your major news media getting flushed down the toilet it becomes apparently clear. Everything you lay your eyes on is for sale. Worse, there are no jobs. So your choice at the end of the day is obvious. Sell or get thrown onto the street.

The homeless in Michigan actually do not have it as good as the media claims. The way they push the homeless off the streets and into the cold world they have only one place to go -- the library! Ironically, entrepreneurs really don't have any safe havens either. They have the library and the book store. I happen to like using the Borders bathrooms because you don't need a key to enter it unlike Barnes and Nobles. You can always count on Starbucks too. But the prices there may be a little too high for typical homeless fare. Maybe they can afford it. Who knows.

I never asked them.

By the time I publish this you have a lot of marketing gurus biting the dust - alas -- the Dan Kennedy GKIC group out of Michigan.. Entrepreneur Magazine has recently published an interesting cover story on how to give up in the corporate life, scrap your resume and how to start selling on the street. It comes at a good time in our history. The entire economic fabric of our country, the once great and mighty America -- is falling apart at its seems. Maybe its karma or maybe its time. Either way, everything we know about how to make money in this country is changing.

So you may as well sell something. Nobody is hiring in Michigan. 30,000 people leave here every month. Even though things are horrifying I find it interesting how real estate professionals are pretending that we are in a buying frenzy. They talk in terms of "limited availability". Every house you look at is either for sale or is vacant. The conditions here are very frightening.

Revolution is not far. How much of this shit is the American people going to put up with?

Posted by Ted Cantu, (YES, THAT CANTU) on April 19, 2010


"The Death of Innovation Only Screams For More...."
Goodbye Malcom McLaren - UK Innovator of Style, Viciousness, and Grace

The mad genius who brought you the Sex Pistols is dead. In a simple one page blurb and a two second plug on CNN he exited our psyche. Malcom McLaren is now in some other world. But he was always in some other distant world. Often called the creator of the Punk Rock movement - McLaren had an eye for fashion, pop culture, and utter and complete mayhem.

In his short 64 years he brought the world many things including sex and bondage wear, topical and headline stealing rock and roll acts including Sid Vicious, Johnny Rotten and Bow Wow Wow. Malcom was also responsible for one Adam Ant and for the oncoming BBC inspired.... MTV.

There is a great misconception in this country that MTV and the USA experienced a British Invasion in the early 80's. But nothing of that was the truth. American's were behind in the video market so early New York based MTV had nothing to show except European based rock music including INXS, Depeche Mode, Adam Ant, Human League, PIL and many more... Without that proper planning the entire "Alternative movement" would have never happened. Michael Hutchence and crew would have never seen the light of day.

Malcom disappeared from the music scene as major record labels latched onto the punk sound and other genres of rock music emerged. The ten years surrounding punk rock has scared collegiate psychologists, socialogists and other academics for creating an entire generation that thinks for itself.

"You Don't Need Permission For Anything!"

MTV did not hold onto that fiery vision for very long. Long after it had established itself. The powers of Viacom slacked off to a less confrontational vision that included rap music and reality based television. It opted for the lowest common denominator to keep the advertising dollars flowing in. And this was how Americans lost their vision for new music, bold culture, and confrontational entertainment. Eventually over time, the shocking new vision that was once MTV has subsided into a low grade commodity.

The record labels that came forth from the days of McLaren have included Slash, Virgin, Twin Tone, Two Tone, IRS, and many more. Oddly, the initial shock of the mock British Invasion has left an indelible presence on the radio networks. Many of them still pay homage to that innovative sound decades after its debut. Notice how many of these stations are slow to bring forth any new sounds. They are still warbling in past glories and early hits. Worse, many corporate office parties will still hold "80's night" as if it was just a phase.

It was in a sense. It was a corporate phase and later this music was passed over in a corporate decision. The BBC and the UK pop movement is something that has not shown any signs of slowing down. It is still going on to this day. The only thing that is different is that the American market is just not as plugged into it as it once was. Bye bye Buggles, so long Buzzcocks.

Hello Toby Keith.

Posted by Ted Cantu, STILL AN INNOVATOR - in Metro Detroit, Michigan, 2010.

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