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March 15, 2014

'Old-school' sharing found in different ways

The concept of sharing has taken on a new meaning since I was supposed to have learned it many years ago.

What we all know, or supposed to be taught, was to let others take part in your good fortunes. When we all learned about sharing, it was over our favorite toy with our preschool friends or our siblings. Something I’m trying to teach my kids now.

Digitally, the concept of sharing has also taken root. On Twitter, it comes in the form of the “retweet” button and on Facebook, the “share” button. Many people love to share, especially on Facebook. But there is a case that can be made for sharing in the original sense, where someone hands another an item or a concept. Here are two examples I have found recently.

I love newspapers, and my favorite newspaper (besides the one I work for) is the New York Times. The Times does not deliver in my corner of Indiana but when I am able to, I love to purchase a Sunday edition. I love the feeling of reading through the Times, with its reporting and features.

The best part of the Sunday Times is giving it to others. Just this week, my father received an article from the Times’ op-ed section on the overuse of hormones in food. I was able to give my co-worker the Times’ Style magazine, because I know she enjoys the latest in fashion. My wife received the Times’ business section after I read an interesting article on the retail industry.

Now, I could have found these articles online and just hit the share or retweet button. There are articles that I share that way and there are many that do that with my articles. But it gives a feeling of satisfaction of giving someone some newsprint with a pencil-drawn circle and the words “Read This!” around something I believe that interests them.

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