In case you were asleep yesterday (read: unplugged from the internet), you may not have noticed the new ad debuted by Gillette this week. The anti-toxic masculinity message was incredible resonant—but not always positively.
In fact, I'd say many men are losing their goddam minds about it.
A few weeks ago I re-read an article by the management thinker Peter Drucker from 2001 called “Will the corporation survive?” In it, he talks about his assumptions about the next phase of business. Since the 1970s, the economy had shifted to depend on “knowledge workers” — workers who make meaning out of information — and Drucker saw this shift putting power back into the hands of workers.
One the first day of the new year, I wrote a Facebook missive on how I plan to "go high" a la Michelle Obama in 2019, and aim to be constructive in my participation in public discourse. Not passive—and certainly not afraid to show righteous anger—but also steering clear of the meme-ification of political dialogue that was typical of 2018 social media.
As with most New Year’s resolutions, easier said than done.
I never thought I’d be blogging again, but here I am. Thanks in part to Asha Dornfest’s call to action to rebuild America through writing — a popular idea lately thanks to the missteps of our favorite social media platforms — I’ve taken up my digital pen again.