What is The Deuce? An introduction
I'm Jordan, the lead blogger for The Deuce, AnnArbor.com's section for culture, style, arts and technology from a young perspective.
There have been a lot of questions about The Deuce: What is it? Who's it for? What on earth does "The Deuce" even mean? Is this going to be extremely lame? How do I find it?
Let me attempt to answer them.
What is it?
The Deuce was created to fill an obvious need for new voices in Ann Arbor popular media. There are scores of intelligent, creative, active young people in this city, and this is a chance for everyone to hear what they have to say. It's pretty exciting, really.
Community contributors to The Deuce include Amy Sumerton of 826 Michigan, Jeremy Peters of Ghostly International (and a million other things), and Kyle Stuef of Twenty-Nine 11 Studios, among a whole host of other young people who have been incredibly active in our community, both on- and off-line.
We're also lucky enough to have several high school contributors, notably the editors of the Huron High School newspaper.
Who's it for?
Everyone. Yes, there will be information that is specifically of interest to people under 40. But there will also be plenty of content that anyone can read, think about, and learn from.
What on earth does "The Deuce" even mean?
The term "The Deuce" comes from a nickname for Ann Arbor, which comes from another nickname for Ann Arbor, the "Ace Deuce" (where "ace" is for the A and "deuce" is for the 2 in A2). The terminology was shortened again and it became "The Deuce."
We did not make this up. Please see this exceedingly reliable source.
This is not the same "Deuce" so often misunderstood in "Blinded by the Light."
Is this going to be extremely lame?
Lord, I hope not.
Too often, content targeted to a younger audience is pandering and, frankly, annoying. There will be no LOLs or OMGs here. Parents will not referred to as 'rents, and there will be no reporting on Hollywood break-ups.
Our audience is smart, savvy and interested in good content, honest discussion and solid writing. If we don't do this, they won't come back.
That being said, I probably have more of a tendency than anyone to ramble on about nothing. But at least I won't end it with a LMAO. Promise.
How do I find it?
The Deuce lives under the Entertainment umbrella. If you're on the AnnArbor.com homepage, you can click on the link in the menu on the right-hand side of the screen. If you're in the Entertainment section, there's a text link right under where it says Entertainment in big letters.
I hope that this has been helpful. I also hope you'll check it out, participate, comment, vote, E-mail, and shout from the rooftops. Because you'll be just that excited.
Jordan Miller is the lead blogger for The Deuce. She can be reached via E-mail: A2jordanmiller [at] gmail.com, or on Twitter: _jordanmiller_