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Tomato Dance: A Memoir

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It didn't work out, of course. But it was the beginning of something, at least for me -- the beginning of a close relationship between TV and the internet. A couple years later, I "met" Wing Chun on a bulletin board about 90210...and a year after that, Dawson's Creek premiered. The TV press seemed determined to position DC as an heir apparent to MSCL -- teen focus, realistic dialogue, et cetera. That didn't really come to fruition, obviously, because Angela Chase could occasionally be quite unlikable, but the depth and breadth of Dawson Leery's offensiveness continues to reign unchallenged after almost a decade -- but I did get sucked into watching it. But this time around, I kept watching it because it was ridiculous -- and because, by that time, online bulletin-board technology had caught up to the existing demand for a virtual space in which to 1) decry Dawson's hair and 2) lament our own masochistic need to expose ourselves to it week after week. (There was zero demand for a horrendous screenshot of Van Der Beek crying, but Demian posted one anyway, and I for one still resent him for it. Hee.)

In short, this is how I came to co-found a website about TV -- watching My So-Called Life, and then marinating in its minutiae with my fellow fans online.

How did I come to wear a tomato costume? And what does that have to do with TWoP? Well, it's a very long story, but here's the short version: I challenged the readers of another site of mine, Tomato Nation.com, to raise $40,000 in one month for Donors Choose.org. If they could raise the 40K in time, I promised to dress up in a tomato costume for an entire day -- and to do a dance in Rockefeller Plaza, specifically the little sidewalk dance Angela does after Jordan kisses her for the first time for real.

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Mondo Extra
Tomato Dance: A Memoir

Episode Report Card
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YOU GRADE IT
Seed Money

It didn't work out, of course. But it was the beginning of something, at least for me -- the beginning of a close relationship between TV and the internet. A couple years later, I "met" Wing Chun on a bulletin board about 90210...and a year after that, Dawson's Creek premiered. The TV press seemed determined to position DC as an heir apparent to MSCL -- teen focus, realistic dialogue, et cetera. That didn't really come to fruition, obviously, because Angela Chase could occasionally be quite unlikable, but the depth and breadth of Dawson Leery's offensiveness continues to reign unchallenged after almost a decade -- but I did get sucked into watching it. But this time around, I kept watching it because it was ridiculous -- and because, by that time, online bulletin-board technology had caught up to the existing demand for a virtual space in which to 1) decry Dawson's hair and 2) lament our own masochistic need to expose ourselves to it week after week. (There was zero demand for a horrendous screenshot of Van Der Beek crying, but Demian posted one anyway, and I for one still resent him for it. Hee.)

In short, this is how I came to co-found a website about TV -- watching My So-Called Life, and then marinating in its minutiae with my fellow fans online.

How did I come to wear a tomato costume? And what does that have to do with TWoP? Well, it's a very long story, but here's the short version: I challenged the readers of another site of mine, Tomato Nation.com, to raise $40,000 in one month for Donors Choose.org. If they could raise the 40K in time, I promised to dress up in a tomato costume for an entire day -- and to do a dance in Rockefeller Plaza, specifically the little sidewalk dance Angela does after Jordan kisses her for the first time for real.

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