My alarm went off at 6:20 this morning, screaming it’s all too familiar, un-lovable tune. In my morning haze I went through the typical motions of getting ready and out the door to head to work at Konnect PR, a PR agency in downtown LA. An hour later, I was finally awake enough to take in my surroundings. I looked up on the subway to see an older woman, clad in jeans (with a plush monkey dangling off a belt loop) and an over-sized sweatshirt sitting on her own portable stool that she had brought for her own personal sitting-ease. She then proceeded to sing. I couldn’t help but smile and think, “I love people”.
I stepped off the train among hundreds of other bodies and made my way up the stairs to the broad daylight and warm air (Thank God!). With time to kill I snuggled into a massive arm chair in the Starbucks down the street with my grande soy latte. I pulled out “The Channels of Power- The Impact of Television on American Politics,” some light reading I needed to catch up on for class. Although published in the early 1980’s Austin Ranney made some good points. Bringing up social theories and examples, he explained that most of what we learn is from each other. Although the news’ impact is exponentially growing, we, as humans, only listen to viewpoints that coincide with the views that we already hold, and we get most of our information from friends, family, and co-workers who we trust the most.
Sipping on my caffine, reflecting on my “subway friend” and reading Ranney, got me thinking that this is what public relations is all about — learning things from people just like us, instead of being told things by the ever-growing conglomerate media (even if we are just learning to smile on the subway on a slow Thursday morning).
I’ve only just begun my internship here at Konnect, but I’m already loving the company, the people and the field!
Well, I’m almost done with my coffee so I think that’s it for now. 🙂