MikeJer | CREATOR/WRITER
Profile: Mikelangelo Marinaro
Creator | Programmer | Writer | Editor-in-Chief
Hi! Since you're viewing my profile page, I'm guessing you want to learn a little more about me. Well, here are the basics. Ever since I was young I always had a bit of a knack and enjoyment for writing, but as the years went on my interest in computers continued to grow larger. By the time high school came around I was beginning to realize that I was torn between my interest in literature/writing and science/technology; I loved great art, but also had a technical, analytic mind.
In university -- I attended Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham, WA, USA -- I decided to play it safe and run with my interest that had the surest career options: a degree in Computer Science. A few years later I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and landed a great starting job at Microsoft's Xbox Live division.
But through all of that, the writing bug never went away. Toward the end of my university run (~2005) I saw Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the first time, and my view of television was never again the same. It not only introduced me to the world of art in television, but it inspired a more intimate and personal experience than I could have ever previously imagined. Years before I'd toyed with the idea of writing about some of my favorite shows, but ended up avoiding it because I felt others had done it already or the shows just weren't worth the time. Buffy, though, stood up and demanded I take the time.
So in late 2005 I made the decision to review all of Buffy with a decidedly retrospective angle -- something I felt hadn't been done much, or well, at the time by others. What started as a very amateur writer embarking on a big intellectual adventure slowly morphed over the years into complex reviews, self-reflection, and the desire to see more shows tackled in a similar style to what I did with Buffy, only with other passionate writers.
What began as only "MikeJer's Buffy Reviews" evolved to include "Ryan's Angel Reviews," which then evolved yet again into Critically Touched as a brand. Now, in its current iteration, I'm on the hunt for other dedicated writers to expand both the community and the content of this unique site.
I've come a long way over the years, and I can only hope that the future of the site will be as illuminating, fun, and rewarding as the previous years have been. Software development may be my profession, but writing and talking about art is my passion.
I genuinely hope you enjoy your stay here! :D
If you have any questions for me, the site, or any of the content, always feel free to e-mail me: mikejer[at]criticallytouched[dot]com.
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