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We tend to live our lives online or off, in a perpetual binary state of existence. But, it can be difficult to meld those worlds effectively, in a way that does not feel distracting, or that diminishes real life encounters. Bushwick’s POWRPLNT, however, might succeed in doing just that. It describes itself as a digital arts collaboratory, which is probably the best overview of what this art space, both physical and digital, offers to teens for free,...
“One out of three of you has poop on your phone—ask me why,” Jess Davis provokes. Davis, along with Rachel Greenstein, is co-founder of Folk Rebellion, a low-tech, slow-life advocacy organization and lifestyle brand. In addition to being provocative, Davis's statement is, let's face it, gross. But its answer is testament to the reason they founded their venture: our boredom-fearing, tech-addicted brains require phones while we’re in the bathroom so we don't lose connection to our online...
There’s a story that’s relatively famous in the tech world, but which I hadn’t heard until my friend Andrew Ritchie told it to me over beers recently. We were talking about tech’s diversity problem and its monumental state of denial thereof; its devoted insistence that tech is the world’s one true meritocracy, where there’s no way to get ahead but hard work and a quick mind. Andrew, a coder who is also black, has...
Are you a person who uses the Internet on your phone? Let me rephrase this: are you basically everyone? Then you've probably seen news of Pokémon Go on all of your social feeds this past weekend. What the hell? You might be asking yourself. Why? After all, the original Pokémon surfaced more than two decades ago as a Nintendo game and, after that, as popular collecting cards that my little brother used to catch as many Pokémon as possible—charming but, ultimately, not that interesting,...

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