Where Global Capitalism Makes Landfall
Where Global Capitalism Makes Landfall

I'm currently at work on a project centered on the San Francisco Bay and the city of Oakland. 

I made an 8-part podcast called CONTAINERS in spring 2017 and am working on a book for Sean MacDonald at FSG. (Here's some background on the podcast.)

If you'd like to talk with me about this project, get in touch!

What Facebook Did to American Democracy
What Facebook Did to American Democracy

A synthesis of the ways that Facebook destabilized the information ecosystem. 

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 12, 2017

on

THE ATLANTIC

In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.

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Tecate by Air
Tecate by Air

I wrote this after a couple of weeks hanging around the San Diego-Tijuana border, which just happens to be where my father crossed into the United States in the early 1960s. 

PUBLISHED October 20, 2016 on

FUSION

It was not until our pilot grabbed the Cessna 172 by the propeller and pulled it to the gas pump at the tiny airfield that I started to get nervous about flying low along the US-Mexico border wall.

Read the rest.

5IT, a Newsletter
5IT, a Newsletter

I run 5IT (nee 5 Intriguing Things), which is a newsletter of links I curate. It covers the deep and weird tech stuff that I pay attention to. 

Here are all the back issues

You can subscribe here

American Aqueduct
American Aqueduct

This is probably the best feature I've ever written. It's about the saga of water in California. 

PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 24, 2014

on THE ATLANTIC

Hood, California, is a farming town of 200 souls, crammed up against a levee that protects it from the Sacramento River.

READ THE REST

Powering the Dream
Powering the Dream

Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology was my first book. It tried to trace both the tech and culture of renewable energy through time. 

You can buy the book here.

Real Future TV
Real Future TV

In 2015 and 2016, I co-executive produced and co-hosted the first season of Real Future on Fusion. The television show focused on people using technology in their lives, and it is fun and smart and weird. The cast of characters is really, really unusual for a tech thing.

Watch all the episodes here

Housing and Racism
Housing and Racism

For the past couple years, I've been looking into various aspects of racism in the nation's housing systems, past, present, and future. This article covers some of that work, especially around the infrastructure of home appraisal.

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

READ THE REST

How Google Builds Its Maps
How Google Builds Its Maps

This story dug deep into how Google makes its maps, from the machine vision to the human labor. Maps, in turn, are key to one of my recent fascinations: automation in its many guises.

PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2012

Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view. The deep map contains the logic of places. 

READ THE REST

Not Even Silicon Valley Escapes History
Not Even Silicon Valley Escapes History

I'm fascinated by how technologies and technology companies warp and bend the places where they work. We expect industrial companies to generate certain landscapes. We expect farms to generate certain landscapes. But what about tech? That many billions of dollars has to change a place, right? That's what this story investigates through a variety of weird methods.

PUBLISHED ON JULY 23, 2013

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Where Global Capitalism Makes Landfall
What Facebook Did to American Democracy
Tecate by Air
5IT, a Newsletter
American Aqueduct
Powering the Dream
Real Future TV
Housing and Racism
How Google Builds Its Maps
Not Even Silicon Valley Escapes History
Where Global Capitalism Makes Landfall

I'm currently at work on a project centered on the San Francisco Bay and the city of Oakland. 

I made an 8-part podcast called CONTAINERS in spring 2017 and am working on a book for Sean MacDonald at FSG. (Here's some background on the podcast.)

If you'd like to talk with me about this project, get in touch!

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

A synthesis of the ways that Facebook destabilized the information ecosystem. 

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 12, 2017

on

THE ATLANTIC

In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.

READ THE REST

Tecate by Air

I wrote this after a couple of weeks hanging around the San Diego-Tijuana border, which just happens to be where my father crossed into the United States in the early 1960s. 

PUBLISHED October 20, 2016 on

FUSION

It was not until our pilot grabbed the Cessna 172 by the propeller and pulled it to the gas pump at the tiny airfield that I started to get nervous about flying low along the US-Mexico border wall.

Read the rest.

5IT, a Newsletter

I run 5IT (nee 5 Intriguing Things), which is a newsletter of links I curate. It covers the deep and weird tech stuff that I pay attention to. 

Here are all the back issues

You can subscribe here

American Aqueduct

This is probably the best feature I've ever written. It's about the saga of water in California. 

PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 24, 2014

on THE ATLANTIC

Hood, California, is a farming town of 200 souls, crammed up against a levee that protects it from the Sacramento River.

READ THE REST

Powering the Dream

Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology was my first book. It tried to trace both the tech and culture of renewable energy through time. 

You can buy the book here.

Real Future TV

In 2015 and 2016, I co-executive produced and co-hosted the first season of Real Future on Fusion. The television show focused on people using technology in their lives, and it is fun and smart and weird. The cast of characters is really, really unusual for a tech thing.

Watch all the episodes here

Housing and Racism

For the past couple years, I've been looking into various aspects of racism in the nation's housing systems, past, present, and future. This article covers some of that work, especially around the infrastructure of home appraisal.

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

READ THE REST

How Google Builds Its Maps

This story dug deep into how Google makes its maps, from the machine vision to the human labor. Maps, in turn, are key to one of my recent fascinations: automation in its many guises.

PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2012

Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view. The deep map contains the logic of places. 

READ THE REST

Not Even Silicon Valley Escapes History

I'm fascinated by how technologies and technology companies warp and bend the places where they work. We expect industrial companies to generate certain landscapes. We expect farms to generate certain landscapes. But what about tech? That many billions of dollars has to change a place, right? That's what this story investigates through a variety of weird methods.

PUBLISHED ON JULY 23, 2013

READ THE REST

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