Anxious kids certainly existed before Instagram, but many of the parents I spoke to worried that their kids’ digital habits — round-the-clock responding to texts, posting to social media, obsessively following the filtered exploits of peers — were partly to blame for their children’s struggles. To my surprise, anxious teenagers tended to agree. At Mountain Valley, I listened as a college student went on a philosophical rant about his generation’s relationship to social media. “I don’t think we realize how much it’s affecting our moods and personalities,” he said. “Social media is a tool, but it’s become this thing that we can’t live without but that’s making us crazy.”
–Benoit Denizet-Lewis “Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?” The New York Times Magazine
That we collectively mourn the loss of every old bar with sawdust on the floor more operatically than we despair the enfeebled state of our civic life is another aspect of the current disconnect.
-Gina Bellafante “In a Superstar City, Lackluster Politics” The New York Times
In other words, the trend in criticism is the same as in movies: for the most part, the best of what’s available isn’t found in the so-called mainstream.
Richard Brody “Real moveigoers don’t care about Rotten Tomatoes” The New Yorker
We don’t come into the office every day and ask, “How can we provide a more balanced view of China?” We think about how we can tell amazing stories. What we do ask is how we can write a story that either covers a topic that has not been highlighted, at least in English, before, or if it has, how we can do it in a better way, in a way that moves the discussion forward, challenges stereotypes and shows the situation as it is.
“Voices on China – Colum Murphy: Editorial Director of Sixth Tone” Young China Watchers