National Geographic, a popular magazine known for its exceptional photography and its grants to scientists, was recently sold to 21st Century Fox, a media company owned by Rupert Murdoch.
The magazine was started in 1888 by the National Geographic Society, a nonprofit organization, attracting lovers of science, travel, and geography from all over the world. Quite an impressive run for any publication.
Despite a large fan-base and loyal readership, the magazine’s sales suffered, along with many other magazines, with the advent of the digital age. This was one of the driving factors behind the sale,which was met with apprehension by magazine employees, and outright disgust from fans.
This is not the first time the National Geographic Society had partnered with Fox. In 1997, the two companies joined forces to bring the National Geographic channel to cable television. Unfortunately, many of the programs, especially some of the reality TV shows, differed greatly from the high-minded educational tone of the beloved magazine.
Perhaps most upsetting of all is the involvement of Rupert Murdoch, a known climate change denier, in this purchase. It is feared that, since Fox News is one of the largest sources of global warming misinformation in the world, the credibility of the magazine will be greatly undermined. National Geographic magazine is a scientific publication and is now in the hands of a man who seems perfectly content to ignore common sense, scientific data, and evidence that fails to suit his convenience.
We all have memories of the iconic, cheery yellow cover of the magazine. Thousands of the expertly captured, exquisitely beautiful photographs have imprinted themselves on our memories from an early age, leaving a lasting impression. National Geographic exposed many of us to places and cultures we otherwise may never have experienced, and showed us captivating glimpses of outer space and the deepest depths of the sea. It is hoped by fans around the world that the publication will continue its longstanding dedication to expanding the minds of its readers.