Ian Bogost, The Atlantic

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The Atlantic

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Past articles by Ian:

Hybrid Work Is Doomed

Office workers work in offices, for better or for worse. → Read More

The Crypto Crash Feels Amazing

It could have been me. I’m glad it wasn’t me. → Read More

Elon Musk and the Kingdom of Bull

The world’s richest man has invented a new way to disregard the truth. → Read More

I Hugged a Cow

At high noon on an early-spring day in 2017, six steers doomed to die escaped their slaughterhouse and stormed the streets of my city. The escape became a nuisance, then a scene, then a phenomenon. “Man, it was crazy!” one onlooker told the local alt-weekly. “I mean, it was fucking bulls running through the city of St. Louis!” What seemed at first to be their daring getaway would later be… → Read More

The Threat of Cyberwar Has Finally Arrived

A risk first described almost 30 years ago is now mature. → Read More

The Internet Is Just Investment Banking Now

The internet has always financialized our lives. Web3 just makes that explicit. → Read More

I Figured Out Wordle’s Secret

It took me four guesses. → Read More

The Subversive Genius of Extremely Slow Email

A revolution against Big Tech may never come. Could a series of smaller interventions take its place? → Read More

A Tiny Outrage Machine, Sucking the Exhaust From a Giant One

You can’t even fight a social network without a social network. → Read More

Fix Facebook by Making It More Like Google+

Breaking up social-media companies is one way to fix them. Shutting their users up is a better one. → Read More

Welcome to Election Purgatory

Time has stopped. Just keep scrolling. → Read More

America Will Sacrifice Anything for the College Experience

The pandemic has revealed that higher education was never about education. → Read More

Your Phone Wasn’t Built for the Apocalypse

Today, some cameras and apps allow a user to choose a white-balance preset, such as “daylight.” But despite the seemingly descriptive name, the setting is really just a way for the camera to choose a specific color temperature, not a surefire way to make daytime images look right. Others have sliders that allow a user to select a desired tone, dialing in an appearance that matches a desired… → Read More

The Wildly Appealing, Totally Doomed Future of Work

WeWork was supposed to reinvent office life. Unfortunately, it did. → Read More

Who Won the First Democratic Debates? The Memes.

Political media has abandoned frankness for dankness. → Read More

The Infrastructure of Joy

Will building delight into cities make them more cloying or more fun? → Read More

What If Social Media Could Tell You When You’re Mean?

Ditching likes for facial scans could be the way to a kinder, if creepier, online world. → Read More

The Irony of Mueller-Report Profiteering

Ebook promos and paperbacks of the special counsel’s report encapsulate the investigation’s theme: The government is for sale. → Read More

Silicon Valley Wants to Be Destroyed by Aliens

Why the capital of the tech sector needs a monument to its glory → Read More

The AI-Art Gold Rush Is Here

An artificial-intelligence “artist” got a solo show at a Chelsea gallery. Will it reinvent art, or destroy it? → Read More