There’s a story of a boss wandering into the employee break room one morning. Amid the crowd of unsuspecting junior workers catching a breather, the boss suddenly throws out a philosophical question:
Who is the most powerful person in the world?
Someone says Mandela. Other visionaries come up, too. But the boss remains unmoved. Their answers are not what he is looking for. They’re reaching for the low-hanging fruit when he is asking them to think critically. Look deeper.
No. You are all wrong. The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller.
That boss just so happened to be Steve Jobs. And over two decades later his wisdom is as prescient as ever.
Storytelling is a lost art. Shrinking modern attention spans looking for cheap intellectual calories have destroyed our ability to hear – to listen – to one another. Reductionist ideologies have compressed life’s complexities into the simple formula of Us-versus-Them. Our individuality has been disassembled into rudimentary parts emphasizing appearances and belief.
Lost in the shuffle is the common humanity which binds us rather than divides us. The struggle we, collectively, endure when it comes to love, to loss, to sorrow, to success. The entire emotional spectrum we can – perhaps, even, must – find common ground upon.
This is not to say that Speakeasy will abstain from robust disagreements. Rest assured, you will find that here, as well.
However, Speakeasy is a medium for storytelling – political, cultural, comedic, even fiction. In the media constellation of today, there is no platform that’s primary, overarching, agenda is simply that:
A forum for compelling thought anchored in truth and understanding.
There will be no disclaimers to our writing. It will be real and deeply personal. It will touch on sensitive subjects about people struggling to find their voice through words. As Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Accordingly, Speakeasy seeks to bear witness to the pursuit of authentic and genuine writing.
We don’t care about cheap shots or ‘persuasive writing’.
Writing that bites is all that matters. Something that hits readers and leaves them thinking afterwards. Simple as that.
Speakeasy is an alternative to the legacy news landscape tearing itself apart today. We’re neither BLUE nor RED pill. We simply value the interesting above the dull. The relatable over the esoteric.
One rule: you, the audience, are at the centre.
The inspiration of everything published caters to your interests.
Accordingly, we treat our readership with respect. We expect you to hold US accountable for providing and curating insightful writing from all sides. There’s no pressure pitch here; you pick what to read and what not to. You decide if something is persuasive or not.
Hopefully, you’ll find starkly different views scattered across our writings. If so, we’ve done our job. We aren’t going to stoop and scoop. We’ll let you sniff out the bullshit and wipe accordingly.
If not, tell the writers to go fuck themselves. Perhaps, even better, pass along the sentiment to us at: email@example.com.
Simply put, our hope is to inspire honest disagreements and earnest dialogue.
Our intellectual diet certainly is.