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We live in unprecedented times. Yesterday’s breaking news is all but forgotten the next day, and then the day after. It’s a monumental task just to keep abreast of what’s happening in the world, let alone respond and respond accurately, with the desired force, effect, and poignancy.
Our little team had started this project in hopes of drawing you all into the circle of all those who are deeply concerned with the state of the world and the direction it’s going, concerned enough to DO something about it.
Ours is a collaborative venture, a co-op, and its success is in your hands. We can’t do it alone. But if you bring the requisite kind of energy, commitment, determination, and passion into the fold, if you dare to imbue our modest attempt to change the world with these qualities, your personal, intangible qualities, then, who knows? – we may attain a critical mass and become a strong cultural force in its own right, and an effective agent of change.
That’s the idea. And that’s why we urge you to join our grassroots community for change, not only as passive consumers but as active participants and invaluable contributors to our joint venture.
We’re in the process of working out the details regarding some form of compensation for all manner of contributions. As soon as we reach a consensus, you’ll be the first to know. And although we realize that for many of us this is a labor of love, a necessary kind of labor, and a kind of labor requiring no compensation at all because it’s from the heart, we must embrace the idea of sharing, not only as an incentive, but as a demonstration of an idea whose time had come, an idea that’s workable throughout the greater society. Let ours become a microcosm of what’s possible.
As we stated at the outset, ours is but a platform, a platform for bigger and greater things, The rest is up to us, all of us!
This is your world, after all, our world, so let’s act accordingly.
“This is your world” is no ordinary online magazine. It does conform both in format and its underlying philosophy to all like-minded publications offering a commentary on various social, political, and cultural issues that affect our immediate present and future. It departs from the rest in our recognition of social media as the principal organ for disseminating information and forming public opinion.
Along with that recognition, which comes down to an acknowledgment of our ever-decreasing attention span thanks to the Internet era, there comes another relatively new revelation: as a populace, we’ve become so splintered, so hopelessly divided, that we can seem to process only one issue, one idea at a time.
Allegiance to a political party, whatever its platform, is quickly becoming a thing of the past. What had reemerged instead is an allegiance, if not dedication, to a singular issue, our new hobby horse, as it were, may the devil take the rest. Which explains the immense popularity of Facebook and shorter versions thereof, such as Twitter or Instagram.
To keep pace with these developments, we’d like to introduce you to a brand-new section, “Open Forum/The Issues Of The Day.” Underneath it, you’ll find several categories – e.g., gun rights, police violence, filibuster, media bias, voting rights infringement, institutional racism, etc. And while some postings in that section may well come under the rubric of any “online magazine proper,“ it’ll still present a unique opportunity for every poster to voice their particular concern on the issue that’s dearest to their heart. A step in the right direction, I daresay!
Hopefully, we shall be able to connect the dots and come united under one banner, a banner championing humanity at large, our common origin, our birthright, and our aspirations. And when that time comes, may our website serve as an inducement to forming a comprehensive view on all things, beyond any solitary issue or point of view but rather as incorporating all of them into one coherent whole. That’s the idea, anyhow.
Meanwhile, let’s plug away.
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