Journalism and Essays
Jobs, Capitalism, Robots, Inequality, and You:
I suppose it's much too pretentious to call a series of TechCrunch columns a "cycle", but I've been hitting the above theme pretty hard of late. The basic thesis: technology is destroying jobs faster than it's creating them...and this is a good thing. Ultimately. But in the interim--
2005 - present: Magazine feature writer
- We're All Going To Be Rich. On Akoha, Austin Hill, and the world's forthcoming reputation economy. Reader's Digest, March 2010.
- Free Delivery: birth in the Americas' poorest country. The Walrus, May 2008.
- Apocalypse Soon: the future of reading. An analysis of the earthquake that will overturn today's publishing industry. The Walrus, September 2007. Selected for inclusion in the classic Canadian textbook The Act of Writing.
- In the Shadow of Doom. An article about a killer lake in Central Africa. Yes, I said "killer lake." Read it now or wait for the inevitable disaster movie. The Walrus, May 2006.
- Wiring the War Zone. In May 2005, I spent a week in Iraq researching two cipherpunks who travelled there after the war to reconnect the country to the Internet. Wired, May 2005. Later, Blood, Bullets, Bombs and Bandwidth, a 4,000-word expansion of the Iraq piece, found a readership on Slashdot.
2007 - 2009: Occasional blogger at The Guardian's books blog.
2004 - present: Occasional essayist