All entrepreneurs have faced obstacles in their life, but nothing will ever compare to the crazy journey of a gay entrepreneur. Try coming out of the closet at 12-years-old in South Jersey to start. Add surviving in Manhattan, finishing college, and starting a business and you already know you need to be one hell of&
I find these sorts of attempts to create better online communication interesting. I’m not sure if they have any chance of success or not, but on the other hand I’m not opposed to the attempts.
Marshall McLuhan, a famous Canadian academic who coined the phrase “The Medium is the Message”, liked to talk about how it was essential to not only look at the words we use when we communicate, but also to look at how technology impacts on the manner in which humans communicate. He wasn’t just talking about modern technologies such as radio and TV, but even older technologies like the printing press and how it changed the way we thought - from a more holistic view of the world and our place in it to a more analytic, narrow, discrete and structured view of life. Each major shift in technology, he argued, would shift the way we think along with it, in fundamental and often imperceptible ways.
I think a lot of the problems we are having in the community stem from the way location-based apps have impacted on the way we communicate with each other. (A lot has been written about this elsewhere.) So in a sense it’s logical to try to tweak these apps in ways that might promote a better, less offensive, more respectful dialogue between the gays. At the same time, I wonder if making these tweaks will be enough to alter the overall negativity. Something more fundamental is needed. The way it stands, we’re all just awful trolls enacting the violence of heteronormative upbringing upon each other as adults.
A new app for gay men seeking connections with other gay men hit the market this summer – but it’s no Grindr or Adam4Adam. Mench’d, created by Justin Maxx, seeks to redefine the way gay men use online “dating” apps in order to make connections by setting a precedent for users: This app is exclusively for men seeking long-term romantic relationships.