The media world is rocking with the news that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos just bought the Washington Post. The Post was drowning in red ink; suddenly it’s heading into the digital future at potentially break neck speed.
Perhaps the most revealing comment about it all comes from Bob Woodward who commented that Jeff Bezos is not Rupert Murdoch. Amazing how reputations reveal so much.
The Post has a 135-year tradition and is perhaps America’s most prominent example of an old-school, family-owned establishment newspaper. With Bezos et al manning the bridge now it will be fascinating to track the paper’s navigation of the digital revolution.
A provocative reflection for us is to examine our communication habits. What’s our personal broadcast like? How much of it is steeped in traditional beliefs that may no longer be relevant. For instance, most people carry grudges, harbor resentments, reveal prejudices, all stemming from events in the (sometimes distant) past. Perhaps this mass media shift can inspire us to initiate one of our own.
Imagine balancing the usual fare – mostly negative – with more positive “news” content. Who might we spontaneously appreciate, for instance? What’s stopping any of us from picking up the phone or penning an email to simply offer a friend some gratitude? Surely we know people who deserve it?
Appreciation is perhaps one of the most undervalued strategies in human interactions. While we have no idea what Bezos in charge of the Post might create, we do know what we can create – whatever we choose to! Let’s make the world a more grateful place today.