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


Give back

​To assign unanswered letters their proper weight, to free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves—there lies the great, the singular power of self-respect. Without it, one eventually discovers the final turn of the screw: one runs away to find oneself, and finds no one at home.

— Joan Didion


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