I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a long weekend! The 4th of July rivals Thanksgiving as my favorite holiday, as I truly enjoy celebrating the history of our great country. There are so many ways to think about what our independence has meant and its impact on how the nation has evolved. So in that spirit, I’ll be thinking this weekend about how communications has been shaped and used over the course of our history.
From the time of the Great Revolution and our founding fathers, when letters, newspapers and pamphlets were the glue that rallied the early citizens behind the cause of freedom, mass communication has played a critical role in our success as a democracy. In a similar fashion, Franklin Roosevelt’s radio addresses during the Great Depression and throughout World War II kept the nation together during a remarkably trying period of time. While I wasn’t alive at the time, I always hear stories from people who remember exactly where they were when they heard about JFK’s assassination — and then how they huddled around TV’s in homes, restaurants, bars and barber shops to see a distraught Walter Cronkite report that Kennedy died. And now in this election year, we are in the midst of a similar inflection point by seeing the impact the Internet has on presidential campaign politics. Of course, the foundation of all of this is the First Amendment of our great Constitution, freedom of speech.
Speaking of the Internet, it’s also a great time to celebrate this very American invention, for without it, we would not have social media and all of the opportunity it affords companies to participate in and engage with their buying communities.
Happy 4th to all!