2016 in Review
By and large, just about everyone -at this time of year- is in agreement that 2016 was a miserable year. Except possibly Chicago Cubs fans.
WHAT IS MESSAGING?
Reserve September 20, 21 & 22 to learn about the Future of Messaging. A meeting in Boston will dig deep into all manner and aspects of messaging today, tomorrow, and beyond. More about that below.
Terror attack, multiple locations, death tolls plus countless injured. In a major city life becomes disrupted, travel comes to a halt. Locals desperately seek contact yet fear the news of their loved ones. Many visitors to the area (tourists, students, business people, musicians on tour) are unaccounted for.
Family members run to the locations of the attacks, holding photographs, has anyone seen this person?
Hospitals, overwhelmed with patients from the incidents, are overrun with nervous, fearful, stressed visitors seeking their relatives, friends, lovers, associates.
Country and city leaders make statements to the press. The media repeats these and other clips over and over. Responsibility is claimed by a known terrorist organization. Patterns and background unfold.
A city is gripped with fear, sadness and a chilling sense of uncertainty. Emotions are fervent, tensions and an inability to feel settled or centered becomes the norm. Levels of frenzy and fear persist.
This is the new reality.
Nearby cities express support. Sports teams drop every shred of rivalry to convey solidarity. Social media abounds with messages of concern. Everywhere one goes it is the terror attacks, their immediate aftermath and the larger discussion of what it means becomes Topic One.
This is Paris now.
Once again a Facebook exchange prompts a blog post. As before, about television.
The second season of True Detective completed its 8 episode run. Over the eight weeks there was endless complaining to be found in TV coverage, on blogs, just about everywhere, that Season 2 was not up to par. Now that the season has completed there are many more articles and posts damning just about everything about the show: the acting, the script, the direction, even the cinematography.
Jennifer got me to thinking. With a preface and then quoting the exchange in full, here's what occurred.
The Year-End Letter
Back about 25 years ago...
Some call it the Christmas Letter. Others call it the Year-End letter, or the Yearly Recap. Some call it the Personal or Family Annual Report. Others refer to it as ”that damn letter from the Smiths about their perfect f*#%cking family.” That’s usually followed with a glare or subtly implied grrr.
We all know what this is: the year on a page or two. The accomplishments and kudos, the travels report and update on who got a new job or promotion, who graduated, who had a baby, who won an award, who got married, and so forth. Some even include who happily got divorced.
November 22nd is a day of major note. All day this year, more so than in others, the significance and memories were on my mind. Perhaps it being 50 years since the JFK assassination, that being a milestone of note, is the reason. As the day wore on it became more top of mind and as evening came close to the clock turning to November 23rd, I posted on Facebook what follows below. As sometimes occurs,after posting to Facebook I realize that it really should be a blog post. Or be expanded and then a blog post.
Worldwide Pants is the corporate entity for David Letterman's The Late Show, Craig Fergusen's The Late Late Show and other projects and productions. Late Show Executive Producer and Worldwide Pants CEO Rob Burnett produced a film, We Made This Movie, and here I sit in the legendary Ed Sullivan Theatre at a bloggers and NY Tech Community Screening.
Eleven years ago it was September 11th. The September 11th permanently etched in our minds.
In New York it was a gorgeous morning, spectacular azure skies and early Fall temperatures. It seemed a beautiful day was ahead.
Eleven years ago the world as we know it changed. Changed forever. Changed in horrible ways. Thousands of lives lost. Hundreds of First Responders ill or since dead from breathing in the dust. Countless others wounded in NY, Washington and Pennsyvania.