For interested readers, here’s a summary of our blog, The Contrary Perspective, for 2015. We’d especially like to thank our frequent contributors, people like Greg Laxer and Michael Murry, for all of your comments.
We’re really pleased to have reached roughly 200,000 “hits” in 2015. Together we’ve built a community of contrarians who are always challenging us to think more deeply and critically about the leading issues of our day.
A hearty thanks to all of our contributors, visitors, and fans. Your support shows that a democratic spirit and a healthy skepticism of power are still alive and well. And please tell your friends about the site: you are our best “advertising.”
From the Indian subcontinent to Russia and the Scandinavian countries, to Europe and to Australia and to Africa, to South America and to Canada and to all points in between, we wish all of our readers around the globe a happy and healthy new year.
Here’s looking forward to future growth in 2016 — but, even more importantly, to future stimulating debates and discussion in a spirit of contrarian comity — a challenging concept indeed!
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 200,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 9 days for that many people to see it.
7 thoughts on “2015 in review”
I very much like the presentation of this infographic. That is what I am calling it for now, while waiting for the accurate term. This is the first time I’ve made a Top 5 list since my elementary school principal told my parents who was sent to his office most often when I was in sixth grade.
Aha! A contrarian even in sixth grade. We should have known!
Thanks again for all your comments … people like you make our site hum.
Ismrchrdi.. TCP likes “naughty” boys.
Very droll, “b. traven”! Happy New Year to you!!
OMG, what kind of opinionated blabbermouth must I be?!!? Be it known that in “the real world” (non-Cyberspace), you’re lucky if you get two sentences out of me in an hour! Dual personalities? Whatever. Wishing all TCP visitors a better New Year…but that’s gonna take a lot of work! Roll up your sleeves!!
Keep on thinking free, Greg! We need more free-thinkers in this country — and for that matter around the world.
I would sum up my thoughts about the United States in the year 2015 by making simple reference to the now justifiably famous picture of the little drowned Syrian boy lying face-down, dead on a beach after trying to escape the devastation wrought upon his country by America and its “allies.” Upon seeing it — for the first time and subsequently — I felt as if a giant iron fist had taken hold of my heart and squeezed it unmercifully. That image resonates so strongly with me, I suppose, because it reminds me of a similar picture published in June of 1972, the year I came home from Vietnam, featuring a little naked Vietnamese girl running away in terror from a U.S. military aircraft strike, her clothes burnt off by a flaming petroleum gelatin called “Napalm.” As someone once truthfully said: “All great war photography is anti-war photography.” This explains, of course, why the U.S. government and military go to such extraordinary lengths to see to it that Americans see as little as possible of the ruinously cruel calamity of actual war. Out of sight, out of mind. But two little photographs tell the ugly, unchanging truth.