It’s Social Media Week and on this Thursday, I decided to attend a panel about real-time news in the digital era. Riding in the elevator at they NY Times building was none other than Ann Curry, who I had forgotten was on the panel.
Moments later it was all over the news about a possible resignation for Mumbarak. Upon hearing this, I started thinking about different trajectories that my life could have taken.
Are we really where we are meant to be?
I must admit, I love the instantaneous momentum of news. Having spent a small stint at a “media” company, I wouldn’t qualify that as time spent in news. Far from it.
It’s not until you’re around a real reporter and a real group of dedicated journalists who are committed to being on top of breaking news, that you begin to see how slow many of us operate.
I sometimes feel like I have ADD. Maybe that’s why I’m attracted to the whole allure of news reporting. Or maybe news is just a PC way of saying bonchiche and the idea of knowing something no one else does is, well, rather seductive.
I sit down in the audience and watch how attached to their phones these panelists are. It was almost like watching kindred in their own natural habitat. I stopped feeling like some slave to my electronics. I look around to see a few laptops around. Am I in my element??
Who could I have been if I had the insight that I have now, back then? Here I am, working on breaking old habits, some of which could have probably been avoided had my life taken a different turn.
Maybe if I had fallen in love with journalism at an early age and done an expose on dairy farms than perhaps giving up milk, et al, would not be such the pain in the ass that it is now.
Malcolm Gladwell talks about the tipping point, but what about the turning point? How do we identify these moments?
Reflecting on my life, I can identify a few key turning points but I’m not quite sure they were so astounding as to chart a course of actions that led me to this moment.
Sure everything happens for a reason but is it also possible that the actions of others become our fate?