1. We have moved from the Stone Age to the Paleolithic, digitally speaking that is. We’ve entered the post-digital era, in which traditional and digital platforms have either proven their worth or not. It’s a time of sorting out, separating the wheat and chaff. Digital is no longer the darling experiment or the default solution when it comes to companies marketing their brands and products. It’s all about what works best. Thank God we’ve finally landed back on solid ground.
2. In the past year, we’ve had an unusual number of people in our office pass away or experience loss within their families. It is difficult to absorb so much, yet our staff has done a remarkable job of showing tremendous support and love to those affected. Too, they have demonstrated a willingness to throw in and help in areas of the company that have been adversely affected. It’s been quite revealing and gratifying to see people step up both emotionally and professionally.
3. One of our managers shockingly lost her young son to a virus two weeks ago. She was an incredibly attentive, loving, and purposeful mother. The world will be less, because this lovely boy will not have a chance to be a contributing member of society. The tragic irony is that on the very day he died there was a story in the Twin Cities section of the Star Tribune recounting a beating a man delivered mercilessly to a young boy in north Minneapolis. He tied the boy to a post and beat him with an extension cord, an action that will undoubtedly impair any hopes for this boy to be a productive member of society.
4. Just as George Bush’s decision to invade Iraq and Afghanistan is being perceived less critically by many, who now see the unfortunate necessity of it all, I believe we will look back on Barack Obama’s many economic initiatives as necessary solutions to very complex and unpopular social dilemmas.
5. Arianna Huffington’s recent declaration that HuffPo is not necessarily a source for accuracy in news but really concentrates on simply being the first to report it, is shockingly stupid. When asked if it was unprofessional or irresponsible, she responded that other media would correctly report the facts. Last week I said hello to Bernard Shaw, a longtime reporter for CNN, and thanked him for the steady and accurate reporting he did for so many years. He humbly thanked me. What a counterpoint to the brash and ridiculous cartoon that is Arianna Huffington.