Our beloved child, this PressLog, is two years old today. A year ago we marked its first birthday with a breezy-bordering-on-narcissistic post patting ourselves on the back for some of our favorite postings. This time, however, in honor of the occasion, we’re treating you to…well, the same thing.
Hey, what can we say? It’s good to be the MITP. We even won a prize this year. We published our 8000th title and started a new series of books with our friends at Boston Review. And we played lots of games – okay, we didn’t actually play any games, chained to our desks as we are, but we wrote about them – from old-fashioned games like baseball to videogames, which are fast becoming central to the cultural landscape. Our author Ian Bogost even went on TV and taught that nutty Stephen Colbert about them.
We also instituted the Wednesday Blog Watch, in which we reported on blogospheric chatter on topics near and dear to our heart. Like videogames, again, and bikes and streets and, uh, shrapnel. Not to mention our magnificent colophon. We had our eye on current events, like America’s misadventures in the developing world and the presidential campaign.
For all the gaming, this year wasn’t total fun. We did more posts than we’d like on dark, tough subjects, like a few on global warming and one on prisoner abuse. We sadly bade farewell to a few of our authors, including Jean Baudrillard, Stephen Meyer, and Bernd Becher, whose photographic achievement was, you should pardon the expression, towering.
Through it all, though, we just tried to keep it simple. And that's tough enough in this nutty world.
Thank you all so much for reading – stick around for Year Three. Next time we promise cake. Really – we swear.