National Geographic : 2003 May
Forum January 2003 A handful of photos sparked intense reactions.Many readersdidn't approve of the digitally manipulated images in "Dreamweavers." Others were outraged by Michael Yama shita'sshot of a live chicken being thrown to lions in China.Meanwhile, one image was singled out for praise:Tim Laman's dawn portraitof red-crowned cranes, which reminded some readersof a Japanesepainting. A Prickly Situation I realize it sounds blasphemous, but I have been tearing out articles from the magazine for years. As a geography teacher, I file the articles for my students. The January issue did not have staples, which have been used to hold magazines together for as long as I can remember. My oftentimes bloodstained fingers thank you for removing those insidious projections that have wreaked havoc on my digits. TIM MURRAY Dallas, Texas Surely you mean you have two subscriptions-oneyou cut up and one you save intact? Your fingers can thank our new printer,Quad/ Graphics,which binds the maga zine with glue, not staples. The Great Wall Even more than an icon, the Great Wall is a representation of the ancient Chinese way of thinking. The Middle Kingdom MEMBERSHIP Please call 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800 -647-5463). Special device for the hearing-impaired (TDD) 1-800-548-9797. On\ine: nationalgeographic.com/ngm AOL Keyword: NatGeoMag always looked down on foreign ers. It needed something to sep arate what it considered a perfect and advanced civilization from the rest of the barbaric world. China has paid and is paying dearly for her past insolence and pride. I hope China today can use the wall as a highway to the world and never forget the lesson learned when she fell from her throne of power. ZHENG WANG Kitchener,Ontario I found offensive the photo showing a chicken being thrown to a number of lions. Apparently, "For amusement, customers pay $3.60 to toss a live chicken to hungry lions. For a sheep the price jumps to $36." This idea disturbs me, as does the fact that NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC appears to condone such practices. MOLLY SCHULMAN Allston, Massachusetts We, of course, do not condone the torture of animalsfor touristfun. We do try, however, to portray an honest picture of life around the world, including images some would rather not see. The idea of the wall being visible from space came from Western NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * MAY 2003 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "For the increaseand diffusion of geographicknowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 7,000 explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. FAHEY, JR., Presidentand CEO Executive Vice Presidents TERRENCE B. ADAMSON TERRY D. GARCIA, Mission Programs JOHN Q. GRIFFIN, President,Magazine Group NINA D. 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