Nine Years of Everything
By Annalee Newitz
I'VE BEEN writing this column for nine years. I was here with you through the dotcom boom and the crash. I made fun of the rise of Web 2.0 when that was called for and screamed about digital surveillance under the USA-Patriot Act when that was required (actually, that's still required). I've ranted about everything from obscenity law to genetic engineering; and I've managed to stretch this column's techie mandate to include meditations on electronic music and sexology. Every week, I gave you my latest brain dump, even when I was visiting family in Saskatchewan or taking a year off regular journalism work to study at MIT.
But now it's time for me to move on. This is my last Techsploitation column, and I'm not going to pretend it's not a sad time for me.
I don't believe in big government, but I do believe in good government. And I still look forward to the day when capitalism is crushed by a smarter, better system where everyone can be useful and nobody dies on the street of a disease that could have been prevented by a decent socialized health-care system.So I'm not leaving Techsploits behind because I've faltered in my faith that one day my socialist robot children will form baking co-operatives off the shoulder of Saturn. I'm just moving onto other, mind-ensnaring projects. Some of you may know that I've become the editor of io9.com, a blog devoted to science fiction, science and futurism. For the past six months, I've been working like a maniac on io9, and I've also hired a kick-ass team of writers to work with me. So if you want a little Techsploits feeling, be sure to stop by io9.com. We're there changing the future, saving the world and hanging out in spaceships right now.
I also have another book project cooking in the back of my brain, so when I'm not blogging about robots and post-human futures, I'm also writing a book-length narrative about, um, robots and post-human futures. Also pirates.
The past nine years of Techsploits would have been nothing without my readers, and I hope you can picture me with tears in my eyes when I write that. I've gotten so many cool emails from you guys over the years that they've filled my heart forever with glorious, precise rants about free software, digital liberties, sex toys, genetic engineering, copyright, capitalism, art, video games, science fiction, the environment and the future—and why I'm completely, totally wrong about all of them. I love you dorks! Don't ever stop ruthlessly criticizing everything that exists. It is the only way we'll survive.
Annalee Newitz is a surly media nerd who is slowly working on fixing her broken WordPress install at www.techsploitation.com, so eventually you'll be able to keep up with her there again.
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