On the Ground

This one inspired by Sarika Bansal writing for The Developmental Set.

1.“On the ground.” Someone once told me that this phrase exists to differentiate perspectives from ivory towers. But to me, it feels more commonly used as a lazy, somewhat self-righteous substitute for “parachuting into a developing nation.” I get countless pitches from writers who tell me they’re “on the ground in [insert country in Africa, Asia, or Latin America].” A question: When they return home, do they not walk on the ground?
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