Best of 2012: Tech
Where's _why?: The Disappearance of One of the World’s Most Beloved Computer Programmers
On the mysterious disappearance of a beloved coding legend (and his code) with stops along the way for a short history of programming languages, an ethnography of code-based communities, and an inquiry into what it means to “die young without artifact.”
An exposé of Internet Marketers.
The Stalking of Korean Hip Hop Superstar Daniel Lee
The story of a bizarre—and bizarrely effective—smear campaign.
The Hacker Is Watching
In a dark echo of Rear Window, a wheelchair-bound hacker seizes control of hundreds of webcams, most of them aimed at young women’s beds.
Welcome to the Future Nauseous
Why the future feels frozen in time, as framed by Marshall McLuhan (“We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.”) and William Gibson (“The future is already here; it is just unevenly distributed.”)