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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Juneteenth: A History Lesson & Example Of Missed Communication

For the last few days I have been busy with Little Rock’s big Juneteenth Concert Celebration, and really focusing on the history of day. Bear with me as a do a bit of inflection.

Juneteenth is the celebration of the slaves in Galveston, Texas getting word that they were freed...two and a half years after the civil war ended. Imagine how much more these free people could has accomplished with a two and a half year head start? Imagine how life would be in your business if you communications pipelines were this slow?

Granted, information travels at speed faster that pony express in the 21st century, but the basic principals remain. There must be a sender and a receiver for communication to occur, and because everyone is so afraid of missing some critical information, they make themselves available at all hours across multiple platforms. Cell phones, pagers, email, text messages, and even newer, faster forms of communication are being developed every day. Imagine watching the signature of the Emancipation Proclamation around the world live on a 24 hour news network, or having imbedded journalists with the Union soldiers at Gettysburg.

It is apparent that it becomes harder to get your message across to the masses as you get more moving parts between you and your people, even with today’s flood of devices created to find a way to do so. Imagine running your business today under the real world conditions of the 1860’s.

- Juneteenth (Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia)

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Comments on "Juneteenth: A History Lesson & Example Of Missed Communication"


Blogger Just Dawn said ... (5:37 AM) : 

I like the interesting way you are looking at it. But I don't think the situation that they were in would have allowed them to check their crackberries for news updates. =) We work in the comm biz and still occasionally don't hear things till days later. :P
Don't forget: the Emancipation Proclamation will be on display next year just in time for the Central High Commemoration.


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