Have you, along with me, been relishing the little example of left-right détente that we’ve witnessed on this blog in recent days? Gives me hope.
And it gets me to thinking — so much of what we debate about communication these days has to do with what we don’t like, what disappoints us daily and what’s cartwheeling us toward the general dereliction of all we hold dear. I guess if bad news hikes TV news ratings and newsstand sales, I suppose blogging about the bad gets you more hits.
So here’s a challenge. Can you name something you see in communication now — PR, news media, marketing, what have you — that you like? What’s heartening to you and gives you a sense that, just perhaps, the handbasket might not actually be headed hellward?
I’ll start. I like what the Internet has done and is doing for making consumer information and opinion more accessible and transparent. If it was ever possible to rely on marketing hype to sell stuff, it’s far less so than it was even 10 years ago. And that’s penciling out to trends of more marketing openness, more backing-up of promises and more selling accountability. Good.