Well, good news and bad news, dear readers. The bad news is that, while it’s been fun and interesting to hop aboard an expanding publication known primarily for its hard tech coverage, and to try to bring their trademark geeky rigor to the task of reporting on tech policy and politics, it also turns out not to be the most stable gig in the world right now—what with most formerly “expanding” journalistic enterprises well into “contracting” mode. So if you haven’t been following my work over there and are at all curious what I’ve been getting up to over at Ars Technica‘s policy channel, well, you’ve got about a week left.
No hard feelings there; a lot of publications are having to ask “what’s the absolute core stuff we need to do to stay afloat right now?” For a site like Ars, “political reporting” wasn’t going to be at the top of the list—and they still have razor sharp folks like Nate Anderson who can make sure they stay on top of the most important policy stories. So they made precisely the same call I would’ve had I been running the show. And no regrets either: I’d never expected to stay a tech journalist indefinitely, but seven months wearing that hat has given me a chance to get to know a ton of clever people, drill deeper into some specific issues of interest to me, and get the sort of healthy writing discipline that you can probably only learn from either daily reporting or a paid dominatrix. It’s been a pleasure to get to meet folks like Clint, Ben, & the Jons, and inshallah one of these days I’ll have a chance to grab a beer with Ken & Jacqui & Eric, who I’ve managed to work with these past months without actually ever meeting in the flesh. That said, I got what came for from the experience, and I’m perfectly happy to try something new now
Which brings us to what I at least hope folks bothering to cast an eyeball here will regard as good news: Once I’ve wrapped up at Ars, I can take a few weeks to catch up on my reading and unload the growing backlog of blog posts about things-not-tech that I just didn’t have time to write while there. Cybersecurity is fascinating in its own way, but I won’t pretend I haven’t missed the odd philosophical thumbsucker—of which I have a few in reserve. I think of it as an involuntary but not unwelcome vacation while I figure out what I’d like to do next. In the meantime, my occupation is reader/blogger/flaneur. Stay tuned.