I Won The Internet!

“I Won The Internet!” book cover by Troy Gua.

"I Won The Internet!" by Geoffrey Dicker

“I Won The Internet!” by Geoffrey Dicker (cover art by Troy Gua)

In this section, you will find:

1.  Samples from the book

2.  Q&A with “I Won The Internet!” author Geoffrey Dicker

3.  Press Release

 

SAMPLES FROM “I WON THE INTERNET!”

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Highlights of the “Updates” section:

5 January: Does this status update make me look fat?

22 February: The biggest problem I have with reality TV is that most of it is not real.

7 March: Can you do a Throwback Thursday on Flashback Friday?

19 April: Texting in public makes people forget every basic common sense skill.

23 April: I’m glad life is short. It makes me feel taller.

6 May: On this day 25 years ago, it was also May 6.

8 June: To thine own selfie be true.

24 July: “Inspirational Quote.” – Anonymous

10 August: Quiz: which type of invasive surgery are you?

18 September: My advice is that people should not ask for advice.

2 October: This status update was made with 100% recycled material.

21 November: Most people are consistently inconsistent and consciously unconscious.

14 December: People would be more willing to get out and vote if there were free pie involved.

 

Highlights of the “Tweets” section:

7 January: Movie idea: The Wizard of Oz… Naked.

24 February: I visited a website dedicated to hoaxes and apparently this is all one big hoax.

21 March: I’m here to complain about the amount of people complaining.

5 April: I recently asked a guy on death row, “Are you hung?”

23 May: “I’d love to see pictures of scars from your latest operation.” — Said no one ever.

6 June: T-Shirt Idea: “Just Got Laid.”

8 July: Rather than follow me on Twitter, could you follow me   around my apartment with a broom and dustbin?

17 August: They should make movies where everyone dies at the end. #keepitreal

10 September: Fake Band: The Hypsterz.

9 October: My Tweet got promoted. It’s now a Vice President.

12 November: At my job, they told me that I would “need to wear a lot of hats.” I told them I look better in scarves.

29 December: In addition to being a “fan,” we are also a “customer.” #neverforget

 

Geoffrey Dicker Photo

Geoffrey Dicker

10 Questions with Geoffrey Dicker

 

Could you tell us about yourself? I was born in Southern California and I moved to New York about 10 years ago. My first book “Sketches of Verbal Alchemy” came out in 2006 and for lack of a better term, I categorized it as poetry. It’s a collection of maxims, aphorisms and wit designed to make the reader question everything they see and hear. The book led to a lot of interesting opportunities including one where I worked with a pop singer where I provided the lyrics and he wrote the melodies and sang the words. The collaboration has resulted in 3 full length albums. The first album was for sale on iTunes before we’d ever met face to face, but that’s a long story. I collected the lyrics of those albums as well as many songs that haven’t been recorded yet in the anthology “Unfinished Lyrics.” I’ve also dabbled in designing T-shirts, photography and making abstract paintings. I’ve been writing a blog called According2G since 2009 where I show pictures and video (where applicable) of the art and music I see as well as some of the celebrities I encounter on my travels.

What is the “I Won The Internet!” about? “I Won The Internet!” is actually 3 books in one. As a consumer of social media, I got sick of seeing people posting the same ideas and ignoring the obvious elephant in the room, so I’ve written this book to help people find new things to complain and laugh about. For every day of the year, in each of the 3 sections, I’ve provided information to help the user be the most popular person in their own newsfeed. Sections 1 and 3 are wit and wisdom disguised as “status updates” and “tweets” and section 2 is celebrity selfies I’ve taken in both Los Angeles and New York. I’ve met at least one famous person from all walks of life, born on every day of the calendar year. The user could repost the things I’ve written or use these words as inspiration to be on the forefront of pop culture. You’ve never seen a collection of words and photos presented this way and the time is right for a book like this one to go viral.

Could you explain the title of the book? To me, “winning the internet” means that you said the funniest thing or posted the cutest cat pictures in your own social media newsfeed. I’m well equipped in the one-liner department, but I’ve got nothing when it comes to animal pictures. As a close second, a photo of me with a celebrity has always sparked conversation and beloved “likes” in my newsfeed and I’ve had thousands of experiences that people in other places could never have. I’m trying to relate these experiences and inspire thought from interested readers who wouldn’t otherwise get them.

What inspired the book? We live in a day and age where celebrities are royalty and information is transmitted at the speed of light. Much of today’s news goes viral on Facebook and/or Twitter and then is quickly forgotten. This book is my response to some of the good and not so good things I’ve experienced on line as well as some satire on social (and anti-social) media and the current state of the world. Plus, there are 365 exclusive color photos of celebrities!

Who did the cover art? Artist Troy Gua (www.troygua.com). He’s an extremely diverse and super talented artist whose subject matter deals with iconography, identity, cultural critique and the universal need for recognition. I interviewed him for my blog a few years ago after the singer Prince sent him a cease-and-desist notice for publishing his loving tribute project “Le Petit Prince,” online (which were many of Prince’s iconic photos recreated with dolls in 1/6 of their original size). Doing research for the interview, I discovered that Troy has mastered so many different styles of art and I find myself returning to his work for smiles and inspiration. After writing the book, I was at a loss for what to do for the cover and I sent Troy an email asking him if he had any ideas. His response was a rough version of what became the cover and I loved the idea so much, I asked him to use the image and he agreed! For those that are not online, the image is a spoof of an internet meme that goes viral.

Who was the coolest person you’ve met?  Actress Joanna Lumley (who plays the not so nice Patsy in the TV Series “Absolutely Fabulous”) would definitely be towards the top of the list of the nicest. It’s always great when someone whose art I enjoy turns out to be gracious and pleasant. Some of my favorite stars whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet are actor Daniel Radcliffe, singer Amy Winehouse, artist Damien Hirst and media mogul Oprah Winfrey. The experience I had with singer Amy Winehouse is so much different than all the negative things the press wrote about her when she was alive. The list could go on and on and I am truly grateful for all of the names I’ve listed in the “selfies” section that have shared their time or signed an autograph for me.

What about the most difficult? Despite my acid tongue in the first and last section, rather than be nasty to celebrities, I just chose not to include the people who find it hard to give their fans the time of day. We live in a day and age where everyone wants a piece of them somehow, so you have to be ready for disappointment. However, supporting someone who doesn’t have respect for you is the easiest way to enable them to continue their bad behavior. I’ve met legends from all genres so I know that being kind to fans is possible. I’ve been around the rich and famous frequently for about 25 years, so if you don’t see someone’s name mentioned, there’s a good chance that they weren’t very kind or have been elusive to me.

Where did you get these ideas for the things you’ve written about in “I Won The Internet!”? I have a confession to make – I’ve spent a lot of days being online 24/7, flipping back and forth between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and although a lot of great information has been gleaned, I find a lot of the things I see on the net to be extremely banal. Also from writing a blog, I’ve witnessed first-hand, the highs and lows of stories and videos of mine going viral. This book serves as a more permanent way to remind ourselves to not take the online arena too seriously. Also, I want to inspire people to stand behind the things they say and not just jump on the popular bandwagon of the moment.

What are some of your favorite lines from the book?

From “Updates”:

24 July: “Inspirational Quote.” – Anonymous

10 August: Quiz: which type of invasive surgery are you?

18 September: My advice is that people should not ask for advice.

2 October: This status update was made with 100% recycled material.

From “Tweets”:

17 August: They should make movies where everyone dies at the end. #keepitreal

10 September: Fake Band: The Hypsterz.

9 October: My Tweet got promoted. It’s now a Vice President.

12 November: At my job, they told me that I would “need to wear a lot of hats.” I told them I look better in scarves.

29 December: In addition to being a “fan,” we are also a “customer.” #neverforget

What’s up next for you? I’d love to have my own talk show and I can envision several art exhibits, a line of T-shirts and/or coffee table books based on the things in “I Won The Internet!” I tend to take on projects entirely by myself so I am hoping to get more opportunities for collaborative projects.   People have called me a “modern day Zelig” as I often find myself at the right place at the right time, so I look forward to meeting my upcoming collaborators and co-conspirators. I am open to all possibilities.

 

PRESS RELEASE

Back cover of "I Won The Internet!" (art by Troy Gua)

Back cover of “I Won The Internet!” (art by Troy Gua)

“Does this status update make me look fat?”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Book

A Hilarious New Book “I WON THE INTERNET! – DAILY WIT, WISDOM AND SELFIES, ACCORDING TO G.” To Be Released In September 2014

New York, NY (September 10, 2014) – Poet and blogger Geoffrey Dicker announces his third book, “I WON THE INTERNET! – DAILY WIT, WISDOM AND SELFIES, ACCORDING TO G,” which will be available to purchase through Amazon on September 20, 2014. The book chronicles some of the encounters of a “modern day Zelig” who has met a celebrity born on each day of the year (including Oprah Winfrey, Bono, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Morrissey, James Franco, Lady Gaga, Joan Rivers, Bryan Cranston, Jane Fonda and Ringo Starr) and presents his witty and uncensored one-liners and words of wisdom disguised as Status Updates and Tweets. Dicker encourages the reader to use this book as a guide to put them at the forefront of pop culture. It’s literally three books in one!

The book contains two sections of thoughtful and hilarious ideas for people to ponder and share online to make them the most popular person in their social media newsfeed. The third section is dedicated to “Selfies” which showcase a small portion of Dicker’s impressive celebrity autograph and selfie photo collection. Using this book as a daily calendar, readers get the chance to view these superstars and legends in the making in an entirely different light. The book features 365 exclusive color photographs of some of the biggest names in entertainment, music and art, and features cover art by pop artist Troy Gua.

“As a consumer of social media, I got sick of seeing people posting the same ideas and being afraid to voice their opinion as it might not be politically correct, so I’ve written this book to help people find new things to complain and laugh about. This book is my response to some of the good and not so good things I’ve experienced on line as well as some satire on social (and anti-social) media and the current state of the world. Plus, there are 365 exclusive color photos of celebrities!” Dicker said.

For celebrity enthusiasts, pop culture critics and aspiring social media superstars, this book is a must read. Featuring 365 exclusive color photos, the book is available in September 2014 from Amazon. Go viral!

 

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