EDITOR'S LETTER

THE NEW SOURCE OF MEDIA

Right now, we find ourselves at the cusp of another media revolution. And it’s every bit as potent as the one that rocked our world in the 1980s—the decade of Pac Man, AIDS and Crack-Cocaine. These days, instead of making information acceptable beyond the bounds of tangible media, the movement is highlighting diversity and platform fluidity while demanding unprecedented levels of connection and communication.

The new understanding of human behavior has emerged partly from advancements in neuroscience. Scientists studying the brain now know that communication is largely moral and that the best connections come from a shared sense of rhythm—from truly connecting with one another, not from the slow mechanics of question-and-answer visuals taught by broadcast journalists of the past.

Today, information vibrates out from our thoroughly modern world, where social media covers the topic logically without being porn and friends are likely to meet via websites and apps. The openness and speed of this new wave presents some risks, from scams to the possibility of falling for false emotion and love. For better or worse, a more inclusive, open and assertive approach to communication has arrived, and although it can empower us, we’ve got to grasp the rules of the game in order to play and thrive.

- Nnekia Briggs, Editor-In-Chief

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