Youch! Flame throwers have been busy burning down the house over at Salon.com Drawing fire is Jeff Yang’s article, Brand Aid, about the demise of America as a brand and the candidates themselves as personal brands.
Jeff phoned me last week to get a few quotes. (It was truly a memorable interview–his wife went into labor the day we were planning to talk, so we postponed and by the time we actually did speak, he was a proud papa of baby #2…and still met deadline!) Jeff has a playful intellect and he’s comfortable swimming at the deep end of the pool. We speculated together about whether there’d be a national catharsis over the last eight years.
It seems there is plenty of pent up anxiety to fuel it–home foreclosures, no new jobs, staggering national debt, an expensive but win-less war, pick your crisis. But looking at the comments posted about his piece, it made me wonder…Today, we can complain online. Click through venting gives us nano-gratification. No more big, media-genic events like a march on Washington. Fine, I guess. Besides, mainstream media let go most of their most seasoned people last week–Chicago Tribune fired 2,500 and NY Times furloughed 100 reporters.
That aside, has the Internet given us a daily drip of a catharsis? Will we protest one blog tirade at a time in the hope that someone is listening?
PS Spring is nearly here. Fresh air, new life. I plan on doing a baby boomlet post for the many people in my life who have recently given birth. Anyone out there with a birth to report let me know. It’s so uplifting!