I’m feeling a bit burned out, so I’m taking an early Christmas break from blogging, and putting this site on hiatus until after the New Year. I’ll still be moderating comments, but may or may not reply immediately, depending on what else is going on.
As a close for the year, buzzfeed has posted its annual ‘most powerful images‘ list. Unfortunately but not surprisingly, it’s not a terribly uplifting series of images, marked by natural disaster, fear and violence.
I’m always impressed by buzzfeed’s end-of-year photo lists – despite the site being essentially American (I mean, I love lists of the best childhood cartoons, but those lists inevitably assume you grew up 1.) in the US and 2.) with cable), their end-of-year stuff is a bit more global. In fact, I’m not sure I remember seeing any news reports in the US about the South African mine worker protests, and I was only aware of the problems in Myanmar because of my academic field. Especially this year, America has been so caught up with itself – because of the election, mostly – it’s good to see someplace reminding its readers that the rest of the world exists, too.
At least for me, I think mostly those photos stand as a reminder of how much more we as humanity need, and how important it is that people with intelligence, skill and talent be a part of the world. It’s painful to be reminded that we’re exploring the surface of Mars, but still can’t feed or house most of the people on this planet.
Not the happiest way to close out this blog for the year, I know. Like a lot of people, I suspect, I’ll be very happy to see the backside of this year (presuming the world doesn’t end this week), but I’m also incredibly grateful to all of you who have stuck with me this far. I wish you all a relaxing holiday season, and a brighter New Year.