One night in New York City I went to Strand on Broadway.
The first book I saw was Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson with an out of print sticker on it. I instantly got nostalgic. It was one of the main books in my master’s thesis over ten years ago. So I bought it.
The roaring street is hung for miles with fierce electric fire. The ensemble of human intrigue, drama, power struggle and chaos is hard to overlook. In the urban landscape, amid straight lines and architecture or even its frenetic energy, people often lose themselves.
It is one of the most unusal success stories in the media business within the last two decades. What started in 1994 as a small printed punk magazine in Montreal has become a multi platform media corporation known as VICE media. Today the company has 1500 employees worldwide and an estimated value between 2.5 and 4 billion US Dollars.
Before we travel back in time let's watch this video to get a feeling for their journalism branch named VICE NEWS and their way of working.
It's happening, or has already happened, almost everywhere. During the five years I've been at my company we have had three rounds of redundancies. While we've been on this trip, two of the fellows have received news there will be layoffs at their organisation when they return home.
"Make America Great Again!", Donald Trump's campaign slogan, would make you erroneously believe that America's best days are all behind it and that the country is fast becoming one of those has-been global powers like the Great Britain.
Well, like all empires before it, the U.S will fall someday too, but not in my lifetime, I am sure. Far from from the limping weakling that some believe the U.S has turned in to in recent days, America is still the greatest nation on Earth.
“We consider that any attempts to flirt with terrorists, let alone arm them, are short-sighted and extremely dangerous.” During the 20 minute speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin some journalists showed total confusion, some were smiling. “People laughed during his speech in Assembly. These are declarations. He didn't say anything new,”said Iurii Sergeev, Ukraine's permanent representative to the UN, one day later. Yes, reaction was different. But everyone – no matter supportive or critical – listened.