Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Newitz writes final Techsploitation column

After nine years of giving her opinion about technology, music and sex, Annalee Newitz is quitting her Techsploitation column which appeared in San Jose Metro and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
    After fleeing a life of adjunct professor hell at UC Berkeley, I was still trying to figure out what I would do with my brain when Dan Pulcrano of the Silicon Valley Metro invited me out for really strong martinis at Blondie's Bar in the Mission District and offered me a job writing about tech workers in Silicon Valley.

    My reaction? I wrote a column about geeks doing drugs and building insanely cool shit at Burning Man. I felt like the hipster survivalist festival was the only event that truly captured the madness of the dot-com culture I saw blooming and dying all around me. I can't believe Dan kept me on, but he did.
Newitz says she's moving on because she has become editor of, a blog devoted to science fiction, science, and futurism.

"For the past six months I've been working like a maniac on io9, and I've also hired a kickass team of writers to work with me," Newitz writes. "So if you want a little Techsploitation feeling, be sure to stop by We're there changing the future, saving the world, and hanging out in spaceships right now."

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