Interactive in the First Person
I had recently downloaded the series "America. This is Us" to my iPad and watched the episode where the Colorado River is captured and the massive capital works project to build the dam heralded change, not only for the cities of Southern California, but for the East too.
By complete coincidence, the airline magazine had a great article promoting a new book: Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century by Michael Hiltzik
The irony stayed with me.
Here I am at around 15,000 feet reading an airline print magazine about a new book about the dam written by an LA Times Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and I had downloaded the HD TV episode to my conversation magnet (the iPad) and I was heading to a convention about all things changing in media. Not to mention this event was in a destination city where apparently “forever” only lasts about three weeks with an underground slogan: “What happens in Vegas stays on YouTube.” Now that’s interactive in the first person!
As I multi-tasked on the airline dinner tray, reading and watching my print and digital content, I learned the Hoover Dam project was seen as a symbol and provided President Franklin D. Roosevelt the opportunity to articulate a vision of the future; that a bounty of electricity would bring agriculture, mining and manufacturing plus unforeseen industries for the folks of the day but also future generations.
It got me thinking, what would be today’s equivalent of the Hoover Dam?
The Hoover Dam was the end result of the vision and foresight of what abundant electricity could do for a nation. Imagine the meetings that took place when the concept of the dam was just a “what if” and the best and the brightest came together to stop talking about it and to “get real.”