So You've Hit Your Peak. Now What?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Singer Justin Bieber announced his retirement on Christmas Eve. Has he reached his peak? Singer Justin Bieber announced his retirement on Christmas Eve. Has he reached his peak? (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Have I peaked?

It might seem like a depressing question, but Todd May, a professor of philosophy at Clemson University, believes it’s a worthy one.

May cites the example of Edward Snowden, who went public in June with details about the National Security Administration's spying activities. It was one of the biggest news stories of the year, fundamentally changing society's conception of privacy.

Will Snowden ever reach those heights again? The most obvious answer: probably not. So what is there to do when we think we’ve reached our zenith?

Todd May makes the case for reflecting on our peak.

Guests:

Todd May

Produced by:

Alex Kapelman

Editors:

Gianna Palmer

Comments [1]

Kerry Mosser from Austin, TX

I hope I haven't peaked. In fact, I keep coming up on a mountain top, only to see another taller mountain top behind it. In 2007, my mom and I, independently and organically, took a story my mom wrote as a little secret project for 23 years about a day watching a circus train with my little brother and produced a locally printed book on a loan using a small section of West Texas farmland my mom was raised on, brought into our family in the 1930's
Then the mountains and valleys came, learning the publishing world during the economic collapse. Reading Rainbow had been dropped from PBS. The economy collapsed and we got accepted into the Smithsonian and Barnes and Nobel. Borders closed, taking half of the existing shelf space off the market. EBooks took off, sending a shock wave of power positioning between Amazon, all types of Publishers, authors, B&N and Indi-bookstores.
I got a book to Levar Burton in the early days of Reading Rainbow 2.0, eBooks had never been considered for our book, it's huge. Now, Mr. Burton narrates my mom's first book on our eBook app hosted on ReadingRainbow.com, the most prestigious children's literature icon of our time, internationally on 2 things that didn't even exist when we were printing, iPad's and Kindle Fire's. Their team created sounds and animation in the eBook app. Androids, laptops and desktop formats are next.
What after that? The sequel, A Circus Story, by my mom, illustrated by my good friend and narrated by Levar Burton. Animation shorts with a bluegrass band? Games? Modern Train's in America? Pre-K Education funding? America!!!!

Feb. 19 2014 01:29 PM

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