Here’s the point: When you are trying to create a version of yourself that will one day make you happy, half the battle is know your insides — know your pleasures.
And the other half is to know your outsides — to find allies, partners, mentors.
You don’t become yourself by yourself. You become you, boosted on others’ shoulders, buoyed by others’ smiles. You may be a singular person, but your success will always be plural.
Looking at things from new perspectives is a key part of what it means to be creative. Seeing classic stories we know very well from new points of view is always revealing, not only about the story but about our opinions as well. So far I’ve shared twists on Snow White and The Wizard of Oz. Today we get a fantastic retelling of The Three Little Pigs in an ad for The Guardian that unravels the story as it demonstrates what it means to break news online and print in an age of #opennews.
Even though the video is missing some events, it does convey a great deal of perspective as we go into a new year. Let us start 2012 knowing that destruction comes in an instant, and creation requires discipline, persistence, hard work.
The accepted wisdom of journalism and its schools was that storytelling was our real job, our high calling, our real art. Ain’t necessarily so. The accepted wisdom of blogging has been that now any of us can do everything: report and write, producing text and audio and video and graphics and packaging and distributing it all. But I also see specialization returning with some people reporting, others packaging. Can we agree to a new accepted wisdom: that the most precious resource in news is reporting and so maximizing the acquisition of facts and answers is what we need?
So what is an article? An article can be a byproduct of the process. When digital comes first and print last, then the article is something you need to put together to fill the paper; it’s not the goal of the entire process. The process is the goal of the process: keeping the public constantly informed.
An article can be a luxury. When a story is complex and has been growing and changing, it is a great service to tie that into a cogent and concise narrative. But is that always necessary? Is it always the best way to inform? Can we always afford the time it takes to produce articles? Is writing articles the best use of scarce reporting resources?
A kind of follow up to the previous post.