I was still jetlagged when I arrived in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention. It was something of a culture shock to arrive in the town center, and even the locals told me they had never seen anything like it. They had been warned for weeks to stay away, and most did exactly that. My editor was anxious and warned me to be especially careful, with a caution usually reserved for only the most extreme assignments.
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.