Once again, Wired has an awesome magazine issue out. Articles not to miss: the progress that’s been made in brain implants that allow blind people to see; a team of former MIT students who put together a revolutionary team-based approach to beat casinos; and the work being done on gene-based vaccines.

Back in the beginning, Wired cut its teeth on having total geek cred, with in-depth stories on the fringes of intellect and technology. As the Internet economy took off, though, the magazine spiralled downward as it succumbed to the pressure to be yet another dot-com profiler. Back in April, I noticed that things had changed for the better; it’s nice to see that the magazine is still on track.


Credit surely goes to new editor-in-chief Chris Anderson, with experience at the Economist and US News.

• Posted by: Dan Hartung on Aug 18, 2002, 10:11 PM

Yeah, Dan — the other Jason brought that up back in April. I’d have to agree — having done enough work in the magazine industry, I’ve learned to notice shifts in a magazine’s focus that are big enough to only be able to explained by equal shifts at the top of the masthead.

• Posted by: Jason on Aug 18, 2002, 11:24 PM

I picked up last month’s copy while waiting for a plane; the first issue of Wire I’ve bought in years. Great stuff, you’re right. One thing I noticed was that the articles were all back to back and there were very few jumps; fine and well for the reader, but that means very bad things for the magazine, because the layout was unhindered by ADVERTISEMENTS.

I like Wired and I really hope it can hang on, but unless they get their ad sales up, I fear the worst. Tough times for magazines these days.

Hope all’s well, Jason.


• Posted by: Steve on Aug 19, 2002, 2:10 PM

I’ve got the complete run of Wired (in boxes in my closet). It was amazing at first, finally a magazine that covered the things I was into. Sort of a continuation and updating of that old Whole Earth off-shoot, “Signal”
Lately though, all the info I would have gotten from Wired in it’s heyday, I get from SlashDot, and other ‘blogs. Problem is, you can’t take the laptop into the bathroom…well, you could…

• Posted by: doggo on Aug 20, 2002, 12:29 PM

Hubby and I were remarking on this very thing just the other day. Another fun one is MIT’s “magazine of innovation,” Technology Review. It’s not always as in-depth as wired, but does give a taste of (possibly) emerging new technologies.

PS: Never posted here before because I didn’t feel like registering at yet another website. Yay MovableType!

• Posted by: Medley on Aug 20, 2002, 6:07 PM

Medley, I do like MIT’s Technology Review, although I hate the whole “not a subscriber? then read this excerpt” part of it.

Glad to have you posting, too!

• Posted by: Jason on Aug 20, 2002, 11:37 PM
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