>> Tuesday, August 18, 2009
There's an interesting thing happening on the Main Streets of America. People are voicing their opinions for the first time about something vitally important to them --- healthcare. It's not that any of the debate is new, that's for sure. It's just that for the first time, people feel like they are being asked for their opinions and they feel like maybe, just maybe, someone is listening.
The media is great at getting on to iconic images to telegraph the news story of the moment. Captain Scully and his USAir crew helping passengers disembark on the Hudson, Michael Jackson’s last rehearsal, Sarah Palin bidding farewell in Fairbanks, the Obama family puppy. Right now the iconic-image-du-jour is the Town Hall meeting.
Time will tell. But you can be certain that the importance consumers attach to their own health and wellness is not going to recede any time soon, and that the media’s iconography of how this debate unfolds in these Town Halls will continue to tell part of this story. Stay tuned.