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Jan 19th 2018 by wiredmagazine • 27 Questions • 28 Points
We are a handful of writers and editors here to answer your questions about tech, science, working in journalism, or what it was like featuring Silicon Valley wunderkind Nelson “Big Head” Bighetti on our cover ( Kidding ). Feel free to ask us anything, and we’ll answer the best we can given our areas of coverage and expertise. We are:
- Angela Watercutter, Senior associate editor, Culture
- Brian Barrett - News editor
- Michael Calore - Senior editor in charge of consumer products coverage
- Alex Davies- Transportation editor
- Nitasha Tiku - Senior writer covering Silicon Valley
- Katie Palmer - Science editor
- Nate Goldman - Social media editor and /u/wiredmagazine moderator
We’ll be replying from the u/wiredmagazine account, but each response will indicate who wrote it. So how bout it, gang? Let’s talk!
Edit: Alright team, we're gonna wrap up! This has been a blast—thanks so much for your thoughtful questions. Feel free to keep asking! We'll continue to keep an eye on the thread and pop in when we can.
Which one of you typed up the response to Elon Musk's tweet?
Group effort ftw! - Alex
If you want to ramp up your personal dread of genetic data in the hands of massive corporate interest, read Next by Michael Crichton.
Thank you for the rec!! how did I forget that I love Crichton? Crossing my fingers that this is Jurassic Park but for humans. -N
I know that since we're on Reddit I should say Reddit, but I'm gonna answer from a more nuanced perspective. It's really, really hard to make a clean judgment of one over the other because they each have their own strengths in service of different ends. Reddit as a place to build and cultivate community is its strength, as I see it. Twitter is more a straight news feed, and while people do build communities there it isn't as baked in to the construction of the platform. I appreciate Twitter for real-time news, and the performance of it. If your goal is to rack up retweets and likes, it still requires a level of artistry that I haven't really able to replicate anywhere else. I will die chasing The Perfect Tweet. — Nate
I just listened to the latest Gadget Lab podcast, and the internet won't tell me where David Pierce is going. Is this public knowledge yet?
You can bet all your money that the internet will eventually tell you where David Pierce is going. - Mike C
Hi, thank you so much for doing this!
One thing I struggle with as a aspiring science writer is deciding what form the story I'm working on will have. Will it be a short report? Will it become a long piece of creative nonfiction? So my question is, when you start exploring a new story for Wired, have you already decided if it'll be longform or short form? Or do you have the freedom to modify the format as you explore the subject?
Also, when writing a piece that takes months of research, how do you keep up your enthusiasm for that subject?
Don't forget Global Construction Review! Also, for those interested in tunnels, there's a World Tunneling Congress every year. I've been, and really dug it. -Alex