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WIREDWIRED

WIRED June 2016

The Wired mission is to tell the world something they've never heard before in a way they've never seen before. It's about turning new ideas into everyday reality. It's about seeding our community of influencers with the ideas that will shape and transform our collective future. Wired readers want to know how technology is changing the world, and they're interested in big, relevant ideas, even if those ideas challenge their assumptions—or blow their minds.

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Language:
English
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Conde Nast US
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release notes

Dan Winters in Flint with a 4- by 5-inch large-format film camera.THE CONTAMINATION of tap water in Flint, Michigan, is a humanitarian catastrophe and has prompted a criminal investigation. But when contributing editor Ben Paynter and chief photographer Dan Winters traveled to the Rust Belt to report on the crisis, they had different approaches to staying safe. In search of a nontoxic meal, Paynter headed to a local mall that didn’t draw water from Flint’s corroded, lead-laden pipes. “After a long day of reporting, I ended up at a chain hot wing restaurant because it was one of the few places that I could be 100 percent sure there wasn’t a health risk,” says Paynter, a senior editor at Men’s Health. “The area was overrun with people. Many urbanites I…

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green means go!

A COUPLE OF TIMES A MONTH, my colleagues and I gather over lunch in our main conference room to discuss a slate of feature story ideas. WIRED editors, working closely with our community of writers, develop the story pitches that guide this meeting, each pitch constrained to a single-page memo, sometimes with some early reporting, designed to get the concept and execution across. Usually we’ll argue a bit about the merits or challenges, and then I give it a green, yellow, or red light. It’s a fun—and fascinating—session that forces us to rethink, every time, what a WIRED story is. On February 1, the meeting included this pitch from our ace business writer Cade Metz and his editor Marcus Wohlsen. As you can see from the cover, I green-lit it.…

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clown town

The multiple covers of WIRED’s April issue, taken by Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch. (COURTESY OF SAMSUNG (GALAXY S7))THE FIVE LEADING MEN of HBO’s tech-parody masterpiece, Silicon Valley, are legitimately hilarious. But as senior writer Brian Raftery pointed out in our April cover story (“Get Busy, Stay Busy”), Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, T. J. Miller, Martin Starr, and Zach Woods are not exactly megacelebrities. Instead they represent an all-new kind of comedy star, one who shines in a wide variety of less-visible places, from ensemble TV shows and web series to podcasts and indie films. Think of it, in other words, as the new comedy gig economy. Or should that be the …gag economy? Sorry—we’ll leave the jokes to the professionals.Re: “Get Busy, Stay Busy”“THIS COMEDY PIECE DOUBLES AS GOOD…

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argument

ALPHAABOUT A YEAR AGO, when I was hanging out at a bar after work, talking about dating—the swipes, the winks, awkward IRL meetups, and, in my case, a message from a swinger who wanted me to help him with a woodworking project in his garage while his kids were at school—a friend brought up a new site called the League. “There’s a wait list,” she said. “I want to get on it.”¶ The League, for the uninitiated, is the ivy-covered country club of dating apps, designed for people who are “too popular as it is.” There’s a rigorous screening process—“We do all that dirty work for you”—that takes into account where your diplomas come from, the prestige of your titles, and, crucially, your influence on social media. Two months after…

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science at war mary roach enlists

MARY ROACH was never especially interested in war. She didn’t come from a military family and had never reported on conflict as a journalist. But the author of books on the science of sex (Bonk), eating (Gulp), and death (Stiff) specializes in, as she puts it, “turning over rocks and writing about peculiar things.” So when Roach happened on some researchers in India testing leech repellent for use in the military, she thought, “Whoa. That could be a very Roach-y area.” Her reporting on leeches didn’t go anywhere, but it set her on a campaign to discover all she could about the weird world of war.The first chapter of your new book, Grunt, is about the high tech fashion of war. I love that, for such a stereotypically masculine topic,…

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politics, valley-style

The H-1BeliebersPARTY LEADER: Mark ZuckerbergPLATFORM: The Valley hearts immigration reform but not for farmworkers’ sake. Need. Moar. Programmers.The 1% FTW!PARTY LEADER: Angel investor Paul GrahamPLATFORM: The rich should get richer, as long as they’re building cool stuff. That trickles down, right?The LibertopiansPARTY LEADER: VC and seasteading libertarian Peter ThielPLATFORM: Government bad. College pointless. Live forever (ideally on experimental floating cities out in the ocean).The Share-SomethingsPARTY LEADER: Uber CEO Travis KalanickPLATFORM: We can create millions of jobs— if you just stop calling our workers employees.The PlayacratsPARTY LEADER: Sergey BrinPLATFORM: You don’t need money at Burning Man (all the more left over to lobby in Washington).The Love and Lockdown PartyPARTY LEADER: Apple CEO Tim CookPLATFORM: Every American is entitled to certain unalienable rights, including the rights to marry whoever you want and…

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