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The World as Conspiracy Machine: ‘Glow’ by Ned Beauman

INFO originally published in Electric Literature July 2015 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT “Have you ever had real glow?” asks Raf, the 22-year-old male protagonist in Ned Beauman’s novel Glow. The title refers to a new party drug permeating London’s underground rave scene, an arrival that

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Social Intelligence Firms Want to Map the World’s Biggest Spenders

INFO originally published in Quartz April 14, 2015 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT In the years following the 2008 financial crisis, the global-billionaire class boomed in both size and aggregate wealth. With that, Mykalos Rambus saw a business opportunity. Forbes Media (where Rambus served as

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The Ping to Prayer

INFO originally published in The Atlantic February 27, 2015 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT Looming over the palatial interior of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, in Abu Dhabi’s central district, are nine multi-faceted digital clocks shaped like flowers. Surrounded by a majestic setting of white

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NYC Lit Mag Delivers Diverse Experimental Forms and Risky Words

INFO originally published in The Review Review Winter 2014 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT Throughout the past decade, Epiphany – a biannual NYC-based literary journal — has built a somewhat rebellious aesthetic, playfully experimenting across all aspects of craft, including form and voice and style. Its latest

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New Brazilian Online Lit Mag Features Glimpses of Late-Modern Identity

INFO originally published in The Review Review Fall 2014 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT Launched in 2013, The Brasilia Review is an online literary magazine showcasing bi-monthly pieces of short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from all over the world. The magazine has roots in Brasilia, DF, Brazil,

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Meet the People (and Robots) Who Pack Your Online Orders

INFO originally published in The Atlantic December 9, 2014 LIVE PAGE additional coverage in OZY and Yahoo! Finance FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT It was blisteringly hot outside the downtown Chicago office when my colleagues started swapping PowerPoints about holiday marketing plans. My summer internship at a major

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Why You Should Get Paid To Be On Facebook

INFO originally published in The Daily Dot October 14, 2014 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT “We don’t even know what it is yet.” This was the cautious ethos that guided many of our now-massive social media companies throughout their early days. It was the line said repeatedly

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How Secret Societies Stay Hidden On the Internet

INFO originally published in The Atlantic July 27, 2014 LIVE PAGE additional coverage in Digg, Re/code, Huffington Post and Gizmodo FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT It all started with a Facebook message from a dead guy. His name was Ernest Howard Crosby and his profile picture showed an

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Imagining the Internet

INFO originally published in Mulberry Fork Review May 14, 2014 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT How are we supposed to understand the Internet? Do we peel back the hood and learn about the guts of the thing? Read books dating back to its invention and

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Of Labour, Unions and 3D Printing

INFO originally published in Arbitrage Magazine May 2013 (feature: “The Revolution is 3D,” Vol. 5, No. 3) FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT With employment figures still rebounding from post-recession levels, an unlikely new issue has entered the labour debate. Conventional manufacturing uses human labour to chisel raw material

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