Slow Journalism and A Long Walk: Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden

Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 02013 by Andrew Warner
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On January 10th, 02013, Pulitzer prize winning journalist Paul Salopek will begin a seven year journey on foot from Ethiopia to Patagonia, following the footsteps of the first migration of humans across the planet 60,000 years ago. The journey will not be an easy one. It consists of 21,000 miles of wildly varying terrain and environments, with only what Salopek can fit in his backpack. Salopek will be writing “narrative core samples” every hundred miles to get an embedded, on-the-ground look at the issues that are defining our age.

The concept behind this journey is “Slow Journalism”, which Salopek describes best:

The sheer volume of news being generated from professional journalists, citizen journalists, from tweets and blogs or what have you, is nearly self-defeating. It’s a tsunami of information. It’s almost unprocessable. We don’t need more information. We need more meaning. … It takes great slowing down to see how the great global stories of our day, whether they be climate change, conflict, poverty, or mass migration, are interconnected. The world isn’t flat. It’s deeply corrugated. And some of the best stories lie hidden in the corrugations.

Salopek will be posting updates here, as well as on Twitter @PaulSalopek.

Salopek also created a short interactive media introduction to the project with the help of Long Now volunteer Ahmed Kabil.

  • Graciela

    Felicitaciones y Exitos!!!

  • H T

    Is Paul traveling bare-foot like the first voyagers may or might not have. Otherwise who are Salopeks’ sponsers? I’d definitely recommend trekking poles, Off, and bear-spray. Lastly a corrugated stainless steel emblem attached to a palladium torc for recalling the objective. A ‘speely’, and a quality rain jacket could be utilized for overall enhanced travel during the course of the journey.

  • LaQuan Jackson

    Clearly this dummy will drown trying to walk across the Bering Strait.

  • Francis, Newcastle

    Three potential problems here: Firstly, getting a visa to walk through Saudi Arabia. This will be a major challenge. Secondly, if he then visits Israel and Palestine, he will have absolutely zero chance of getting a visa to walk through Iran. Thirdly, Russia is not issuing visas involving an exit from the country by boat across the Bering Strait. So he may well have to overfly certain parts of the route. While the overflight option will not have been available to ancient man, our ancestors will not have encountered the bureaucracy that will inevitably be associated with today’s adventure. Good luck!

  • Big Bobby G

    Hi Paul. I’m sure you are familiar with Karl Bushby’s ‘Oddysey’ (Goliath Expedition) where he is walking an unbroken route from SA to Britain. He has ben delayed by the Russian 90-day visa rule and it’s totally killed his progress. No doubt you will have sorted something already but just in case you haven’t, it’s really important to get the Russian visa sorted properly otherwise you quite simply wont be allowed to walk through there for more than 90 days and your 7-year walk will become 12 years or something. If you HAVE sorted something out, might I suggest you contact Karl and let him know what you have managed to do, because I am sure he would be delighted if someone had solved the problem he hasn’t been able to. Cheers!

  • Big Bobby G

    Not unless the boat he is hopping on, sinks. You imbecile. :D

  • LaQuan Jackson

    Taking a boat doesn’t count as “walking”. It would be more legit if he had himself catapulted across the Straight.

  • H T

    Cut him some slack. Patagonia makes a quality wet-suit that should suffice. Once he crosses, there, in Alaska, this is where the Off and bear-spray proves useful. Yes? Maybe too cold for insects.

  • H T

    That’s impossible boss.!

  • Antony, Lebanon

    Thats if he even makes it to the bering strait, he will probably die from the heat of arabia, or possibly get killed in syria or possibly get killed in Iraq by an IED, or kindapped in Iran, or killed in Afganistan or Pakistan, Suffer disease in India, die in the jungles of Thailand, get killed somehow in China, Die of cold in Russia, Freeze in Alaska, get hit by a car in California, and I can come up with hundreds of other things that may or may not happen on this epic journey.

  • H T

    Are you being pessimistic or just skeptical?

  • Paolo99

    Salopek’s sponser is National Geographic


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