For years, people have argued that long, complex journalism is going away. Our attention spans are shrinking and the web makes everything shorter. But it turns out that, in the past three years, the opposite has happened. Long-form writing of a certain kind is actually thriving and expanding.
In this talk, Nicholas Thompson, editor of newyorker.com, author & co-founder of The Atavist, explores the technological trends that are pushing this transformation: from the changes in the devices that we use, to the rise of social media and the reorganization of the Web.
About the Speaker
Nicholas Thompson is the editor of Newyorker.com, where he oversees and manages the magazine’s fast-growing Web Site. He is also a contributing editor at Bloomberg Television, a technology contributor at CNN International, and a co-founder of The Atavist, a software company and digital magazine.
His book, “The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War,” was published in 2009 and hailed as “brilliant” by The Washington Post and “brimming with fascinating revelations” by The New York Times. The Washington Times said it “may be the most important political biography in recent memory.”
Prior to his current position, Mr. Thompson was a senior editor at The New Yorker. He has also been a senior editor at WIRED, a senior editor at Legal Affairs and an editor at the Washington Monthly. Stories that he has edited and assigned have won many major awards and been made into films—including Ben Affleck’s Argo.
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