When Elephants Fly

I make it a point to read Thomas Friedman’s columns in the New York Times. He always has thought-provoking comments about technology and politics, especially relating to the Middle East

This Sunday his column was especially interesting. Its title was Watching Elephants Fly. Here’s the  link. It’s worth reading.

Friedman begins his discussion of the recent elections in Egypt by saying that if he were teaching a journalism course on these events, he would begin with this lesson: Whenever you see elephants flying, shut up and take notes. He goes on to say, “The Egyptian uprising is the equivalent of elephants flying. No one predicted it, and no one had seen this before. If you didn’t see it coming, what makes you think you know where it’s going? That’s why the smartest thing now is to just shut up and take notes.”

Just before Christmas, my friend and editor, Margery Cuyler, called to let me know that her company, Marshall Cavendish, had been acquired by Amazon. After the formal announcement came out, I kept getting calls and emails from artist and writer friends who wanted to talk about what it all meant for the future of children’s book publishing.

Mr. Friedman has the best answer. We’re all just watching the elephants flying by. So for now, the best thing to do is watch and take notes.

It’s going to be an interesting year.


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