I think it is a good habit to look back and validate a thesis, offer a critique or spend some time examining why we thought X about Y after a reasonable period of time has passed. I read this post from Dan Kennedy a few years ago and I was planning to write a blog post about it in 2014. I forgot to write the post. While I was sorting my sock drawer and cleaning up my browser bookmarks during C19 pandemic quarantine, I came across the bookmark and reread article and decided to write the long-delayed post.
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?”