When you write about technology—or most subjects, really—there are certain topics that the internet seems to hand down like homework, demanding that…
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Last week, San Francisco’s polarizing district attorney, Chesa Boudin, was removed from office in a recall election, marking the culmination of a…
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In Sarah Schulman’s book The Gentrification of the Mind, she laments, “Will everything (books, music, pornography, education, movies, friendship…
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Earlier this week I published an essay in the Dirt newsletter about the cultural role of geography as content in the post-pandemic era. My primary…
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In 2019, I wrote an essay about AirPods—which still felt relatively new at the time—and their relationship to public space. My main argument was that…
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There is a set of words—gentrification, hipster, neoliberalism, capitalism—that feel surprisingly difficult to use in most contexts now, provoking a…
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There was a recent story in the Financial Times about Miami’s crypto-fueled ascent to the status of “most important city in America.” That title is in…
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In 2009, Brian Eno wrote that we are living in a “stylistic tropics,” in which genres like ambient music have split into a multitude of subgenres—black…
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My friend TW Lim (who writes an excellent newsletter about food and the restaurant industry) recently texted me from rural New Hampshire, where he had…
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Last week I wrote a piece for Wired about Google’s promise of infinite data storage and how that expectation has turned us into digital hoarders over…
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My favorite architecture theorist, Sanford Kwinter, wrote this in 1997: “The efficient but one-dimensional marketplace world in which we live…is a…
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I’ve never muted a person or topic on Twitter. I’ve constructed an entire social media philosophy around this: If I need to mute someone on Twitter then…
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