Our China Syndrome (& membership meltdown)

Meanwhile, Chris Johns, Editor of National Geographic, decided that placating China is a better strategy.

It wasn’t always this way at National Geographic.

And with membership plummeting at NGS, we can’t help but wonder:

Are people leaving our Society?
Or is our Society leaving the people?

  • Therese

    “Meanwhile, Chris Johns, Editor of National Geographic, decided that placating China is a better strategy.” ———> Why does Mr. Johns and other executives at NGS placate China? Answer: MONEY.

    • Hi Therese,

      Sure, money is a factor. But I’d say placating China is a short-sighted financial bet: Try to satisfy everyone by being International Geographic, and we’ll end up pleasing no one.

      Put another way: Does Chris Johns care whether his next dollar comes from Boise or Beijing? Probably not… but he should.

      Thanks for stopping by again….

  • Therese

    “Meanwhile, Chris Johns, Editor of National Geographic, decided that placating China is a better strategy.” ———> Why does Mr. Johns and other executives at NGS placate China? Answer: MONEY.

    • Hi Therese,

      Sure, money is a factor. But I’d say placating China is a short-sighted financial bet: Try to satisfy everyone by being International Geographic, and we’ll end up pleasing no one.

      Put another way: Does Chris Johns care whether his next dollar comes from Boise or Beijing? Probably not… but he should.

      Thanks for stopping by again….

  • Calico Jack

    Not possible that we’d like Geographic to reach the most populous country on the planet, and that compromises are worth it to achieve a greater good? That once “inside” we can apply pressure as well.

    Few people aren’t willing to make compromises to achieve an end. Each of us draws the line somewhere different.

    My compromises = acceptable to me
    My compromises = unacceptable to you

    • What’s that “greater good,” CJ?

      My fear is that ultimately we end up changing, and they don’t.

  • Calico Jack

    Not possible that we’d like Geographic to reach the most populous country on the planet, and that compromises are worth it to achieve a greater good? That once “inside” we can apply pressure as well.

    Few people aren’t willing to make compromises to achieve an end. Each of us draws the line somewhere different.

    My compromises = acceptable to me
    My compromises = unacceptable to you

    • What’s that “greater good,” CJ?

      My fear is that ultimately we end up changing, and they don’t.

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