Jacob Silverman

“Steve Jobs” Is a Magnificent Piece of Consumerist Propaganda
October 09, 2015

The Apple chairman as corporate tyrant and consumer saint.

Monetize Your Dissent
September 18, 2015

An attempt to build a more empathic Facebook beyond the click of a button.

Yahoo's Decision to Spin Off Alibaba Was a Sign of an Identity Crisis
January 28, 2015

When Marisa Mayer became company CEO, she added a mediagenic gloss to this ongoing question of company identity, but the question remains: What is Yahoo?

Is Computer Coding an Art?
September 30, 2014

Coders are 'makers.' But what exactly are they making?

Apple's Watch Is Like a High-Tech Mood Ring
September 09, 2014

And the scariest part is your emotions may be up for sale.

14 Worst Case Scenarios Involving Google's Growing Robot Army
February 16, 2014

Assessing Google's drones, thermostats, mechanical cheetahs and more.

Screen Play
June 20, 2013

To write fiction about "the Internet" risks making it seem monolithic. But that doesn't mean that novelists can ignore it.

The Problem with Tweeting a Revolution
January 31, 2013

Andy Carvin, "the man who tweets revolutions," logged 1,000 tweets a day about the uprisings of the Arab Spring. He says social media helped him understand events better than he would have if he'd been there. His triumphalist online-journalism memoir makes it clear that he missed a lot along the way. 

The Warlock
October 18, 2011

Horacio Castellanos Moya's fiction is deeply concerned with the machinations of politics and, in particular, the deleterious effects of political viol

Rebels and Collaborators
May 19, 2010

Even by the macabre standards of the twentieth century, Estonia had a rough lot. Between 1918 and 1920, with some assistance from the British, White R