Zany, Magnetic Media Hacker Andrew Breitbart Dies at 43
In the years before he died, Andrew Breitbart, the conservative media provocateur, had turned himself into something of a public caricature. On cable TV and at tea party rallies, he became loathed and loved as the perpetually and righteously pissed-off right-winger, hurling insults and three-quarter truths at the "Democrat-media complex." But I knew a very different Andrew Breitbart -- one who was much harder to stereotype.
Cyborgs, Software Spies and Shadow Wars: Our 5 Years (Un)covering the Hidden Pentagon
I'd like to pretend there was some master plan, that the site you see before you crept out of our skulls fully-formed. But the truth is, when Sharon Weinberger and I launched Danger Room five years ago this week, we were just winging it.
Google to Censor Blogger Blogs on a 'Per Country Basis'
Google has quietly announced changes to its Blogger free-blogging platform that will enable the blocking of content only in countries where censorship is required. Twitter announced technology last week addressing the same topic. It said it had acquired the ability to censor tweets in the countries only where it was ordered removed, instead of on […]
<cite>Shit Photojournalists Like</cite> Gains Steam in First Year
The witty and bitingly honest blog Shit Photojournalists Like just celebrated one year of snark and insight into the photojournalist community. The blog is the brainchild of Taylor Glascock, 23, who for the past 12 months has been finding a way to force photojournalists to confront much of the eccentric, egotistical and straight-up weird shit […]
When Hard Times Hit, Young Journos Hit the Road
With most of the country experiencing hard times for the last few years, many young adults, and young journalists in particular, are feeling uncertain about their future. Heading out on the road can be a way to take back control of one’s destiny and grow as a person and hone one's storytelling chops.
Constellation Games: Ready Player Two?
Constellation Games, written by Leonard Richardson, is a new sci-fi story for adults from a small publisher called Candlemark & Gleam, with an interesting publication process that I'll detail more below. I requested an advance copy of Constellation Games and read it over the winter holidays, and absolutely loved it — it might not be the best book I read in 2011, but it's certainly in the top 10.
Ten Years Ago Today: Goodbye Porn, Hello Predator
I wasn’t much of a reporter when the Towers fell; just a bass player who wrote the occasional story about online porn or techno music to help make rent. I sure didn’t know a thing about national security or the gear that powered it. That started to change two weeks later — ten years ago […]