Only just over a decade ago the idea that anyone, anywhere, could publish for a global audience was a still a pretty radical concept. Today the Internet is bursting at the seams with content and still it continues to grow at a voracious rate. Some of this content is memorable, some of it is newsworthy, some of it is inspiring, much of it is mediocre, and a huge amount of it is probably not worth our time to sift through. What's more, the growing perception that 'virality' is the holy grail for content combined with the sheer volume of blogs, articles, stories, photos, and videos being posted means that the truly thoughtful and meaningful content is often lost in the noise.
Medium is a new publishing platform that is attempting to tackle this problem. We have very much enjoyed perusing the remarkable selection of authentic and interesting content on Medium over the last few weeks and thought we would share some of our favourite stories, posts, and articles in a curated reading list here on our blog.
The 34 posts we have chosen range from personal contemplations on the act of travel and heartfelt stories from 9-5 escapees, to predictions on the future of photography and ruminations on the role of cartography in the 21st century. Kudos to all the writers who have done a fantastic job on these posts.
Fun fact: If you read all 34 posts in one go it will take you approximately 156 minutes, during which time the Earth will have rotated a further 39 degrees around its axis.
What drives us to leave home, work, and our safe, comfortable routines behind? Is the risk of the unknown always worth taking? These posts offer reflections from people who have boldly thrown caution to the wind, stepped out of their comfort zones, and set off on an adventure.
"I’m talking about the kind of rugged, unplanned long-term travel where you give up owning most things, leave behind a stable home, learn to live simply on a budget, and really see the world for months on end."
What is geography really about? How can maps be better used to tell better stories? How can maps be used not just for travel and exploration, but for making a difference to people's lives? These posts attempt to answer these questions and more...
"There are geographies of emotion, and geographies of people, and geographies of time. But in the end, everything comes back to a point on a map."
15. One Year Later
Why do we seek foreign lands? How much do you really need to take with you on a trip around the world? What is it like to see Antarctica by boat or surf in Tofino? These thoughtful posts share insights and perspectives learnt on the road.
"The group of children divided down the middle, the empty gallon container was placed on the ground, and the most joyous game of soccer to ever be played commenced."
20. The Backpack
24. Dirty Kitchens
How has the art and practice of photography changed over the past few decades? What is in store for it’s future? These posts attempt to explore these questions and more...
"The best images have a deeper, richer context that draw us in deeper, that bring us back, that show us something new every time we look at them. The best images have a story behind them."
30. Goodbye Film