I've meant to do this through the whole week I've been back in Washington, but things keep coming up. So before anything else comes up and it moves too far into the past, I want to make a point of expressing sincere thanks to the amazing range of people who have shared their views in this space over this recent ten-week stretch.
To prove that I've been paying attention, I've added a brief table-of-contents type description of the theme each explored, after his or her name. In the list below I give the contributors' names, the week (from 1 to 10) in they appeared, and a reminder of their leitmotif. For more extensive biographies, please see this master list.
My own reason for listing their names again is to emphasize my thanks. But I also thought it was worth presenting them as a group as a reminder of the range of people who contributed their time, experience, opinions, and views. As I've argued recently in the magazine, there is a lot not to like about the new media environment. But there is also a kind of exchange, exemplified here, that would simply have been impossible in another age. My lasting thanks to the people listed below, and to all readers for their attention. Plus, as I can't say often enough, to Justin Miller and John Hendel of the Atlantic for their role as guest-wranglers and -shepherds.
David Allen, week 10, on the thought-habits and practical steps that help us "do"
Phil Baker, 1, on the evolving nature of the international creative/technology industries
Lizzy Bennett,* 3, on life in a start-up, and life with a bike
Mark Bernstein, 4, on the future of reading and thinking, and technology's influence on both
Keith Blount, 7, on the mundane and elevated realities of creating software
Eric Bonabeau, 9. on new insights about how we think
Don Brown, 6, on what travelers should know about air traffic, and don't
Liam Casey, 7, on the manufacturing center of the universe
Ella Chou, 3, on young-China's view of politics and economics
Tony Comstock, 3, on new meanings of the sacred and the profane
Parker Donham, 8, on the meaning of life, as manifested in Canada and the US
Kate Dougherty, 5, with Alan Klapmeier, on aviation as a specimen of innovation
Xujun Eberlein, 2, on a hidden history of US-Chinese interactions
Deb Fallows, 6, on life, language, and love in China
Eamonn Fingleton, 5, on a hidden-in-plain-sight economic history of Japan
Julian Fisher, 5, on the interactions among technology, data, health, and disease
Julio Friedmann, 10, on how we should think about energy, if we could think about it
Piero Garau, 8, on the glories and struggles of modern Italy and the world
Brian Glucroft,* 3, on the China most non-Chinese never see
Edward Goldstick, 4, on thinking-machines in an unthinking world
Sriram Gollapalli, 7, on life in a startup and life between India and the US
Jorge Guajardo, 1, on what Mexico, China, and the US understand and misunderstand
Paola Guajardo, 1, on the US from a Mexican perspective, with Chinese characteristics
Glenna Hall, 9, on what you don't know about being a judge, and being a pilot
Shelley Hayduk, 8, on the ways software should help us think
Bruce Holmes, 2, on whether we're capable again of great national projects
Jeremiah Jenne, 5, on the current Chinese upheaval, as it was underway
Alan Klapmeier, 5, with Kate Dougherty, on America's future in aviation
Christina Larson, 9, on the Chinese journalists and environmentalists you don't know
Damien Ma, 4, on the cultural meaning of China's economic rise, including the "babe tax"
Adam Minter, 6, on the hidden industry of scrap that makes the world run
Grace Peng,* 7, on the role of science in American life, and women in the future of science
Lucia Pierce, 6, on the cultural contradictions of US-Chinese education
Guy Raz, 8, on the life of the stay-at-home-dad cum radio host
Sam Roggeveen, 8, on the truths Americans don't want to face but should
Sanjay Saigal, 7, on immigration, linguistics, and optimization
Kate Sedgwick, 4, on the post-Communist scene in Bratislava
Chuck Spinney, 2, on whether we are capable of thinking rationally about our interests
Andrew Sprung, 2, on the words through which we are inspired, or let down
John Tierney, 1, on "kids today," and the interior life of the student
Kentaro Toyoma, 10, on the exceptional meanings of "virtue"
Michele Travierso, 10, on gliding as a parable for modern China
Lane Wallace, 1, on courage, daring, adventure, and life
One more time: sincere thanks. Because of their assistance, I am much closer toward finishing a China-related book than if I hadn't away and immersed in China again, but still have some distance to go. So I will have off and on presence here for a while.
I might do this again, for a briefer week-or-two stint, after a while. Certainly from my perspective this experience has been encouraging.
* Update: After the jump, links to interesting posts today by several people on this list, from their normal sites.
Interesting posts today from Guest Alumni/ae:
- On her Timbuk2 site, Lizzy Bennett reports on the latest preposterous step in the security-state mentality: a "no smiling" rule for people getting their driver's license photos. Illustrative image from the post:
(This view of Nolte is my default self-image.)
- On his Isidor's Fugue site, Brian Glucroft has a very insightful and well-illustrated post about the role of "humiliation" and "disgrace" in modern China's self-image. Related to this post yesterday on Ai Weiwei. Worth checking out. One of his illustrations of "ordinary" life in China, which goes on beneath the political news:
- Grace Peng, on her Bad Mom, Good Mom site, has an essay she had originally prepared for posting here (and which, for timing reasons, didn't appear): "Why Bother Educating Girls?"
And -- ok, one more -- in honor of her travail today with the world of hackers, this update from DeborahFallows.com on why no one in China thought she was an American.