July 2019 Essay: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Accountability

The temperature felt like 106 degrees Fahrenheit.  The dew point was in the upper 70s, a brutal end to a long hot day.  In the early evening I was sitting on the lawn of the deCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln Massachusetts.   We were there to see Doug Aiken’s New Horizon Balloon Project.  As we waited in the mind numbing heat and humidity for sunset and the balloon light show to begin, there were a series of speakers and musicians and the theme for the event that night was “The Future of Information: Conversation with Gideon Lichfield, editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review. Confronted with fake news and information bubbles, how do traditional media companies become platforms for communities to address the challenges society faces in a more equitable and inclusive manner?

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