Contact: joanne.mcneil AT gmail

# My book LURKING comes out soon. It’s about internet users and internet culture.
# New Column: Speculations, Filmmaker Magazine print quarterly
# Fiction: The Newcomer, Failed States Issue 3, 2019
# Essay: The Windshield and the Screen, Unthinking Photography, Winter 2019
# Logan Nonfiction Program Spring 2019 fellow
# Criticism: All the Work Without the Workers: Appreciating Sleep Dealer On Its Tenth Anniversary, Filmmaker Magazine, Winter 2019
# Prediction for NiemanLab annual year-end round-up, “Building a Digital Hospice.” (Last year: “Gatekeeping the Gatekeepers”)
# Essay for MCA Chicago exhibition catalog: “The Community of Everybody and Nobody
# Essay for The Baffler: “Big Brother’s Blind Spot,” July/August 2018
# Fiction: “Users,” a short story in Noon magazine. (SS18 – The Joy Issue)
# Just Browsing: video essay series. Videos all available online.
# Compiled a list of recommended reading on “Future visions”
# Fiction: A short story for the Eclipsecore digital exhibition.
Writing Downtown residency in Las Vegas through Plympton: August, 2017
# Why Do I Have to Call This App ‘Julie’?  The New York Times, Dec 20 2015
# Newsletter: All My Stars

Joanne McNeil is a writer interested in the ways that technology is shaping art, politics, and society. 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. Her book, Lurking: How a Person Became a User, is forthcoming.

Recently 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. 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, The BafflerFilmmakerDomusDissentFrieze, Modern Painters, Wired, The Los Angeles Times, Saturated Space, Dirty Furniture, The Boston Globe, n+1/Occupy Gazette, and other web and print publications.

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.

More: writing // talks


The Newcomer,
Failed States Issue 3, 2019

Noon magazine, The Joy Issue, 2018

After the Eclipse on Paragon Hill,
Eclipsecore, August 2017

Select essays:

Big Brother’s Blind Spot, The Baffler, July/August 2018

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