In the fall of 2019, I had a confusing exchange with an editor over my contribution to an art magazine’s end of decade issue. My piece was killed and I wasn’t quite sure why. At the time, I was swamped with my day job, prepping for the book release, and a few other freelance assignments. I figured it just wasn’t my best work and stuffed the text in my folder of other * not my best works * which includes killed pieces, half-finished things, sentence or two written things, and so forth.
But I just happened to glance at it again, and wait—hold on—it’s…not bad?
There’s not a lot of tech criticism in general in proportion to the size of this beast (.) This has led to problems like chronology of events and controversy being misrepresented by the tech industry (which I point out in this piece). Anyway, this is a super deep cut and really (what “2010s in…” summary could be?) but I do think it’s important to keep these observations public-facing rather than buried (as many other pieces in that folder of mine deserve to remain).