Not completely unique, but interesting nonetheless. There was a time not so long ago when sports fans would only hear about their favourite players retiring through the mainstream media. Today, they can hear about it directly from the player, in this case before he has even held a formal news conference.
This example nicely illustrates the divide between traditional and new media, and what I think their future roles will be: new media allows the public to connect directly with their favourites athletes (or politicians, movie stars, corporate CEOs, etc.), diminishing traditional media’s long-held ability to “break” the news. Traditional media can, however, adapt to the changing landscape by offering opinion, commentary and expert analysis - in this case, analyzing Modano’s career, sharing insider anecdotes and giving the public and unbiased look as his playing statistics.
I would certainly not be going out on a limb to predict much more of this in the sports world, thanks in large part to people like Shaq, who made it cool for athletes to communicate directly with fans via social media.
The National Hockey League issued a social media policy Wednesday night for its players and club personnel.
The policy, the NHL Social Media Policy for League and Club Personnel, governs both players and hockey operations staff and is designed to promote the value of social media as a tool for communication with fans. It also highlights issues surrounding social media, as well as limits the use of social media by players and hockey operations staff on game days.
Compared with my blue-collar father, I don’t do ‘real’ work
It was late last year when I truly realized the difference between the kind of work I do and the work my father does.
Dad was late for a family dinner, and when he finally arrived, he looked somewhat shaken. After making small talk with relatives, he sat down beside me and quietly, so as not to alarm anyone else, explained how he had narrowly avoided serious injury at the factory that day. He had come close to being struck by a falling steel beam. It wasn’t the first time he had escaped injury at work, but this near-miss had obviously gotten to him in a way the others had not.