This Wednesday

As I hit publish on the last post, I knew I had forgotten to mention something else that’s going on this week. This Wednesday, the Columbia Archives will host a discussion entitled Communication: Then & Now which will examine the challenges, opportunities and importance of context in getting out the news in today’s world of instant messaging and sound bites.

As a blogger who grew up and currently lives in Columbia, this topic fascinates me. I remember the early advertisements and marketing efforts for Columbia. I remember the exhibit center and loved seeing my name in The Flier when I would score a goal in SAC soccer or if I had a good game in CBA basketball. Yes, even in the early days of Columbia, communication was important and innovative.

These days, communication is instant. I get news from facebook and twitter more often than I do from television or print and I love the fact that I can engage the community through this blog. I believe the way we communicate defines us. That’s why, as a member of the Kings Contrivance Village Board, I spearheaded the Board’s effort to communicate with our residents through social media.

This one is not to be missed. It’s THIS WEDNESDAY October 12 at 7 p.m. at CA Headquarters. David Greisman, Columbia Flier/Howard County Times; Lisa Kawata, freelance feature writer; Lisa Rossi, Columbia Patch; and Duane St. Clair, HoCo Connect; will be on the panel.

The exhibit is open to the public and will be up October 10 through December 30. For more information, visit, e-mail or call 410-715-3103.


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2 responses to “This Wednesday”

  1. Barbara Kelner says :

    Thanks Brian. The topic fascinates me as well. In 1963 Jim Rouse asked the rhetorical question, “How can the community communicate to itself about itself effectively?” The answers today are certainly more complex than they were back then. Blogging, email, on-line journalism have added a new dimension. But the need to communicate is timeless — and the answers need to be multi-faceted.

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