I'll be joining the New York Times editorial board as their technology writer.
I'm as surprised as you are. The Times approached me in January with the idea, and I gently shot it down. I live in Luxembourg, I explained. I have surgery coming up, I'll be out of the picture for as much as two months. Also, I tried to imply, strongly, I'm kind of weird.
As I interviewed with Katie, then James, they made it clear that they weren't going to get put off by a little weird. As for how weird, well that's for them to discover. Nevertheless, I talked candidly about my background, my philosophy, and my approach to the topic. I caveated everything with: if this is at all uncomfortable, not what you were looking for, no harm no foul, thanks for the ask. But they kept talking to me.
In the mean time, between hyperventilating about the strange twists my life has taken recently, I thought about the idea of this job in terms of what I've wanted to accomplish in my career. Some people want to spend their careers covering events as they break. Others, as beat reporters, and investigators, using stories to hold power accountable. I'd done those things -- and they were fun -- but I found they weren't where my heart was. I was happiest when I was writing long explainers and open-ended stories about what people hope for. What I'd wanted, more than anything, wasn't to hold abusers accountable, but to help the world understand itself well enough to stop the abuse before it started.
The New York Time Editorial Board seems like a good place for a project like that, at a time when we need it so much in the realm of technology. Here, in the opening act of the 21st century, we are making the world anew. And we aren't doing a very good job at it. I think this failure is far more a situation of ignorance than malice. Either way, our decedents need us to get a lot better at this. Right now, the New York Times feels like the best place for me to help with that project.
I haven't tried to make myself look more professionally acceptable, more conventional, or any of that, for the benefit of my new employer. I plan to just be me, and bring my ideas to the table. I hope those ideas help.
And if that doesn't work out, no harm no foul.
On a more practical note, I won't be collecting Patreon funds for the foreseeable future. I'm sorted out for money, so please, feel free to shift your contributions to other creators who may need it more. I'm not shutting down my creator page yet for a few reasons:
1. Let's make sure this takes.
2. I haven't discharged all my obligations to you yet.
3. I want these posts to remain as they are for now.
Thank you for coming this far with me, I hope you'll follow me to the New York Times, and still give me your thoughts and feedback on my work. It's always made me a better writer and thinker.