Six months ago I wrote that EA would likely get more attention soon.
Well, that’s certainly true now (and not for the reason I expected). Here’s where I think things stand now in this regard:
- EA has more communications expertise than it did six months ago. My colleague Shakeel Hashim at CEA is focused on communications for all of EA, not CEA in particular.
- Journalists might be contacting organizations, groups, and individuals affiliated with EA. CEA’s usual advice about talking to journalists still stands. As someone who’s put my foot in my mouth more than once while talking to a journalist, I expect this is an especially hard time to do interviews. It’s particularly tricky because any comment you make publicly about FTX could have legal implications. Feel free to ask Shakeel for advice if you receive enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- There will likely be a bunch of negative media pieces about EA. There’s probably not much for a typical EA to do about that.
- As Shakeel wrote here, the leaders of EA organizations can’t say a lot right now, and we know that’s really frustrating.
- For people working on projects that are able to continue, keeping up the heartbeat of EA’s work toward a better world is so valuable. Thank you.
- Doomscrolling is not that good for most of us.
I don’t mean any of this as “stop discussing community problems and how to solve them.” It’s important work to reckon with whatever the hell just happened, what it means, and what changes we should make as a community.