Margaret Atwood, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Roxane Gay, Deepak Chopra, Ellen Pao, Jonathan Safran Foer, and dozens of other influential voices reflect on the words that defined the year

If there were ever a year that’ll take a long time to process, it’s 2017. (Probably because we spent most of it processing 2016.) With laws, leadership, and social norms changing at a pace so relentless our data plans can scarcely keep up, our mental energy is spent skimming endless push notifications, rather than taking the time to step back and think about what it all means.

From AI to cryptocurrency, #MeToo to #VegasStrong, and tax reform to net neutrality, millions of readers turned to Medium this year to read beyond the headlines, make sense of the senseless, and draw…

A new way to celebrate visionary writers, handpicked by Medium Staff

The best part of working at Medium is witnessing the amazing stories that writers tell using our platform. We provide the canvas and every day, creators infuse it with their expertise, emotion, passion, and point of view.

There’s nothing quite like discovering a great new writer. The strongest voices on Medium captivate and inform us. Their style is as unique as their perspective on the world. With them, we laugh, tear up, take action, finally understand something, and sometimes question everything. And above all, they aren’t afraid to take a stand for what they believe in.

The magic of Medium…

A selection of movies, performances, ads, podcasts, and apps from this year that will stick with me

From many perspectives, 2016 is a year to forget; it’s not worth enumerating the Things That Went Wrong. Yet, I don’t want to lose the memory of the creativity and content that helped me cope with the ups and downs. So many ideas were put into the world this year that inspired me. So — for my personal record keeping — here’s a list of the movies, shows, podcasts, moments, apps, and ads from 2016 that I hope will stick with me for years.

TV Shows

Insecure (Season 1)

I tore through the far-too-short first season of Insecure and have been recalling storylines and quips…

Over the past few years, reading stories on Medium has increased my empathy, evolved strongly held opinions after hearing a new viewpoint, helped me understand myself better, and made me smarter. There’s no richer platform for ideas, tapping into a community of unique voices conversing thoughtfully.

I couldn’t be more excited to start working for Medium today to help the power of the platform reach more people across the world. …

Sam Duboff

head of creator product marketing at spotify; former head of marketing at medium

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