About No Bad Language

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Who’s behind No Bad Language? Quick answers to a few simple questions…

Name: Vickie Bates

What have you done professionally? Chronologically, from today to my earliest work: Social media management and content creation, corporate and employee communications, PR, higher education advancement, writer and voiceover artist for the world’s only legitimate 976-company (honest! We did soap opera and lottery updates, horoscopes, dial-a-joke, and original children’s programming…and that’s why we went out of business), wire service reporter, disc jockey, and radio news reporter.

What’s your favorite social media channel (so far)? For the general public: Twitter. For internal communications: I champion any channel that makes it easier to share business information and for employees to achieve their goals.

Which communications skill do you think is most underrated? Editing.

Which authors/books do you make a point of re-reading? Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, anything by Mark Twain and William Shakespeare, David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

What guilty-pleasure TV shows do you watch? “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Batman” (the one with Adam West and Burt Ward, the great theme song, and all the POWs and ZAPs), and my latest, “The Wire.”

Banksy Bulldog. Photo by Vickie Bates.

Banksy tagged a number of L.A. locations in the run-up to the 2011 Oscars, in which “Exit through the Gift Shop” was a nominee. Photo by Vickie Bates.

Still obsessed by: Banksy.

Where do you want to travel next? Spain, Bhutan, Indonesia. My passport’s always ready.

Favorite: Dessert – blueberry summerpudding; Bands – Beatles, Clash, Aimee Mann, Liz Phair, Foster the People; Bonds – Roger Moore, Daniel Craig; Humor – British; Card Game – Russian Bank; Sayings – “To a dear friend’s house, the road is never long,” and “I’d rather be kind than right.”

Which saying do you have a harder time living up to? I would travel to Pluto and back for a friend…

Which era would you like to visit? The 23rd century depicted in “Star Trek.” I have a feeling they’ll need good communicators to help with first contact…and a brave editor to tackle “to boldly go.”

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