So, yesterday I woke up with a deep, satisfying yawn, stretched, and said to myself, Ah, today is a good day to study. Hmmm but let me just peak at what’s going on in Central Asia, since, after all, that’s my job… And then KABOOM! Kyrgyzstan explodes into revolution. Gee, thanks guys!
This is the part about being an editor that is physically and mentally exhausting but very fun. Covering events like this one aren’t so much “journalism” as we normally imagine it — digging up dirt in a noirish quest for truth — but more like an adrenaline-charged race as we hurry with all our might to keep up with events.
I’ve had to do all of the heavy lifting over here in the West, but much praise goes to our man in Bishkek, Mirsulzhan “Michu” Namazaliev, who is appearing all over the international media, including CNN and The Independent, on neweurasia‘s behalf (although he doesn’t shy away from plugging his own organization ).
It’s interesting to me how Kyrgyzstan has twice been a major event in my journalism career, beginning with the Tulip Revolution, and of course now with this uprising, whatever it may be. Both events have demonstrated the power of what neweurasia‘s Annasoltan calls “digitalism“, a revolutionary (evolutionary?) flowering of human connection.
For all the headaches my job brings me, not to mention all the disruptions, my work as an editor has afforded me the opportunity to experience this sweeping change firsthand. I am not only witnessing the future — I am living it. That’s not a bad way to spend one’s Easter vacation, a season of upheaval, resurrection, and transfiguration.