A Question for You

17 05 2008

It’s 1:25 in the morning right now and I can’t sleep.  Not that I’ve tried much, but there’s a question that’s been in my all day, and it has to do with a quote I like, or liked… At this point I don’t know what to make of it. So I figure I’ll tell you about it and see what you think.

In my emails I’ve been using a signature, that reads:

Aaron Baer

Ohio University Student

**my cell number**

My point is this: The world would be better served if we could braid the

network of social media with the discipline of the traditional news gathering

organization. So far, there are no good examples of this occurring and the

world does not benefit from the chasm between an emerging institution and
the obstinance of a crumbling one. – Shel Israel


I’ve been using this tag since I read this post  by Shel Israel a few months ago.  To me, it basically says that we need to find a way to bring together old ways of communication with new ways.  I agree with this statement (as I read it) and I want to be a part of an organization/company that finds a way to bridge this “chasm”.  However, in the past week I have been told by two communications professionals on separate occaisons  that I should leave the tag out of my emails.    It has been removed now, but I am still left wondering why I should remove it.  So I pose the question to you, my friends.  What is the lesson that I need to learn?  Am I misinterpreting what he is saying?  Can the quote be easily misinterpreted?  Or is there something offensive about the idea of the “obstinance of a crumbling one”?

I’ve had some great feed back on a lot of my posts, but now more than any before I’d like to hear from you on what you think of this quote and why I should leave it out.  Appreciate it, good night.