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Joanne McNeil is a writer interested in the ways that technology is shaping art, politics, and society. She is a 2015 fellow at the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, the recipient of the Arts Writing Fellowship Award to an emerging writer in digital arts. She is one of the founding editors of The Message, the technology-focused opinion magazine published by Medium. She was recently an artist-in-residence at Eyebeam. She is collaborating on the Digital Media and Learning Competition’s Trust Challenge award winning proposal to develop workshops for building private networks. She is currently writing a book on privacy and internet culture.

She writes about things like broken iPhonesvirtual assistants in airports, the Chelsea Manning trial, and the future of novels. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times,  DomusDissentFrieze, The BafflerModern Painters, Wired, The Los Angeles Times, Saturated Space, Dirty Furniture, The Boston Globe, n+1/Occupy Gazette, and other web and print publications. She was a 2012 USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism fellow. Her writing appears in books by AND/The Piracy Project and Space Caviar. She contributed to Art and the Internet (Black Dog Publishing, 2014) and a number of catalog essays. Formerly the editor of Rhizome.org, she developed all content published on Rhizome News and the Rhizome blog. (20112012 roundups.) Through Rhizome and with FACT, she co-curated online programming for the 2012 Liverpool Biennial. Earlier, she founded and edited the blog The Tomorrow Museum. An essay of hers was listed in The Verge’s “Best Writing of 2013.” She studied economics at George Mason University, where she was a University Scholar. She met the Philip K. Dick android before it lost its head.

writing // talks

Recently published:

Why Do I Have to Call This App ‘Julie’?
New York Times, Sunday Review section, December 20, 2015

Medium columns

Fear of Zero Bars
Haunted Machines, March 2015

The Patriotic Face
Saturated Space, December 2014

The Dads of Tech, (co-written with Astra Taylor)
The Baffler, Winter 2014

Watching Foam Rise
Dirty Furniture, Issue 1

Dronism, (co-written with Ingrid Burrington)
Dissent, Spring 2014

Look Inside,
Frieze, January 2014


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