The main thing that motivates me to write in public is having a question about some cultural phenomenon that I want to produce an answer to. This year there were quite a few questions that I used essays to try to resolve, like: why did coffee shops suddenly turn into wood-shops? Why does media keep using the word 'brogrammer'? Why are brands getting so zany on Twitter? What is the connection between the voyeur-forward architecture of social media and the NSA's surveillance programs? Why do tech leaders keep talking about the magical future while ignoring issues in current startup culture? What's going on with Airbnb's new logo/house-sharing nation? Why are wearables so dorky and how will they need to change to be cool? Below is a list of writing I did in 2014 in response to these questions. I'm excited to see what questions I need to figure out in writing in 2015.
A big ~~<3~~ to everyone who reads my writing.
The Male Gazed (Model View Culture)
Sex and the Startup (Model View Culture)
Speculum of the Other Brogrammer (Katelosse.tv)
Weird Corporate Twitter (The New Inquiry)
Tech Aesthetics (Aeon Magazine)
Facebook for Space? Airbnb's Weird Corporation Nationhood (Katelosse.tv)
What's in a Free Fjallraven Backpack (Katelosse.tv)
The Myth of Magical Futures (Katelosse.tv)
Silicon Valley Has a Fashion Problem (Style.com)
What Reclaimed Wood Meant (Katelosse.tv)
Finally, this essay I wrote in 2013 had many more readers in 2014, so I will include it here: