Is This Loud, YouTube-Loving Poet the Bard of the Internet?

Steve Roggenbuck is a product of his times. And I think that's a good thing.
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Gawker's Adrian Chen calls attention to Steve Roggenbuck, a young poet who primarily works through the poetic form of the YouTube Soliloquy. Skeptical, I began to watch Roggenbuck's most popular video, "make something beautiful before you die." I thought to myself: could this be the world's most annoying man? 

But then, kind of magically, I found myself going with him, his ribald sensibility, his shouting, his joie de vivre. The kid is hilarious. And next thing I knew, I found myself making up Roggenbuckian sentences and IMing them to my friends:

I WANT TO EAT A HAM SANDWICH WHILE I RUN THROUGH A WHEAT FIELD GRASPING AT THE STALKS. I WANT TO CLIMB A MOUNTAIN OF MATTRESSES AND DRAW A SMILEY FACE WITH RED LIPSTICK ON MY FOREHEAD! LOOK AT THE MOON!

If this is a parody, it's a joyful one.

But seriously, watch the video. I bet you can't stop yourself from shouting something. 

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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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