The world is complicated. The scope of our perception has widened and in a connected world, local incidents have gained global significance. Political and economic decisions are interwoven in a complex web of interests and dependencies, which sometimes contradict each other. One moment opponents fight each other out of conviction, the next they form a coalition. Moving from one extreme to the other, boundaries are blurred, just like those between facts and their so-called alternatives and contradiction has become normality as you can find justification for almost anything.
For all these reasons, thoughtful and well-researched journalism has become more important than ever. There are substantial questions and their answers are complex. 42 Magazine strives to create clarity without oversimplification; transmit knowledge without lecturing. We want to create a resonance chamber that picks up current socio-political debates and breaks them down with the aid of scientific facts. Ten expert interviews, and thus ten different perspectives, form the foundation of every issue. By making expert knowledge accessible, we want to bridge the gap between science and society. Presenting diverse, in-depth positions on one topic is particularly important to us: Too often, simple explanations fail to do justice to the complexity of societal developments. We also believe that to comprehend the world we live in, we must understand each other. That is why 42 Magazine is published in three languages and created by our diverse team from all over Europe, the United States, and South Africa.
42 Magazine took its first steps in Bonn in 2016. Then, Christine Lehnen brought Eliana Berger, Ina Habermann, Lara von Richthofen and Lena Kronenbürger together to develop a European project that would foster debates and encourage looking at issues from different angles. Following Douglas Adams, 42 cannot and should not be the answer to “life, the universe and everything”. However, through new impulses from various academic disciplines, we want to support you in understanding and shaping the world we live in. We remain curious, keep asking questions and probe bravely to establish a reliable source of information in today’s complicated web of information.
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