Joanne McNeil dot com

Hi, my name is Joanne McNeil and this is my Home Page on the World Wide Web.

My book Lurking is out now with MCD.

Here is a short bio:

Joanne McNeil was the inaugural winner of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation's Arts Writing Award for an emerging writer. She has been a resident at Eyebeam, a Logan Nonfiction Program fellow, and an instructor at the School for Poetic Computation.

my email is: joanne dot mcneil at gmail dot com

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I write a column called "Speculations" for Filmmaker magazine. It is a series of essays on science fiction films and books and art and other culture. You can read the archive here.

My most recent piece was about JG Ballard and David Cronenberg's adaptation of Crash.

Here's a series of video essays I made called Just Browsing.
And here's a video of me reading from my short story Users.

Here are a few other pieces I've written:

The Newcomer, Failed States Issue 3, 2019
Users, Noon magazine, The Joy Issue, 2018
After the Eclipse on Paragon Hill, Eclipsecore, 2017

Big Brother's Blind Spot, The Baffler, July/August 2018
The Community of Everybody and Nobody, MCA catalog, 2018
Why Do I Have to Call This App Julie?, New York Times, December 2015


I’ve written about technology for over decade professionally (two decades slightly less professionally and for over 25 years if Usenet counts.) Here’s a list of clips.


My prediction
for 2021 in media? Newsrooms will push back against Ivy League cronyism


This is the link to my headshot and here's a photo of one of my best Halloween costumes:

This is a longer (very out of date) bio:

Joanne McNeil is a writer interested in the ways that technology shapes culture and society. She is the author of Lurking: How a Person Became a User. She received the inaugural Arts Writing Fellowship Award for an emerging digital arts writer from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. She is a 2019 Logan Nonfiction Program fellow. She was an Artist-in-Residence and an Impact Resident at Eyebeam. She collaborated with Eyebeam on OurNet, developing student workshops on networks. She was one of the founding editors of The Message, the technology-focused opinion magazine published by Medium. 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 at the New Museum, she transitioned the institution's blog into a daily publication. She edited and 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.

And there's more about me on the old (rather messy) website.

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