Don’t miss Alec Baldwin’s latest Here’s The Thing, in which AB (that’s what those who work with him call him) discusses network news with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, whose self-portrait is humble and astute as it is charming and impressive. Williams is a natural-born newsman unintimidated (or unimpressed) by his own celebrity, confident in his traditional approach and unafraid to go off the book, too.
(Also, did you know Williams lived in Elmira, NY for a period of his youth? He’s practically one of our own! I’ve been to Elmira! We’re practically brothers! I digress…)
Anyway, I loved Williams’s insightful comment about social media, about the ego of self-broadcast and the way it’s changed our perspective on the world around us. It’s the smartest thing I’ve heard on the subject in a while. Kudos, too, for his observation that we don’t know a thing about social media’s impact on society, history, humanity, or anything else, yet. If social media is the internet’s second generation, then we’re barely old enough to be able to making broad statements about how we’re now dumber, or farther apart, or less verbal or whatever they’re saying. We won’t know for a few more generations, and even then it’ll just be speculation.
Reminds me to keep my own social media expectations in check. Welcome its advantages but put its innovations in perspective, especially where interpersonal communication is concerned.
Download this gem and press play while cutting your onions tonight. Just like I did last night. Made angel hair with lemon and ricotta. Delicious.