“Is It Wrong to Outsource Your Own Job?” | Techonomy | January 2013
Coder outsources own job to China. Proceeds to watch cat videos all day long. Wrong or awesome?
“The End of North Korea” | The Huffington Post | September 2012
North Korea is not collapsing anytime soon. But that won’t stop analysts from predicting the end of the world’s most secretive regime. What’s really happening?
“Straight Trippin’” | The Huffington Post | August 2012
A new breed of scientists is attempting to put Schedule I drugs into words (peer-reviewed ones, thankfully). This time, they might not be operating under a fantasy.
“Organized Gossip” | The Huffington Post | May 2012
The defendant in the ongoing Rupert Murdoch saga is the status of tabloid journalism itself.
“North Korea: The Absurd Kingdom” | The Huffington Post | December 2011
In the final days of Kim Jong Il’s reign, I stood in a freezing cave in North Korea. An argument for laughter.
“A New Kind of Real” | The Huffington Post | August 2013
Things are getting real. Entertainment, specifically. And by “real” I don’t mean serious, or imminent, or even necessarily honest — but real, as in pushed to the limit of what we perceive as real, and even further, until it’s so real we can’t distinguish what’s real and what’s fake anymore. (Also: Welcome to the ‘propumentary.’)
“Why Gangnam Style Marks a Triumph of South Korean Tech” | Techonomy | December 2012
When the sleek, sexy, preposterous world of PSY’s “Gangnam Style” surged to become the number one video on YouTube, it offered us a glimpse of the new South Korea.
“Why Revolution Can’t Come to North Korea” | Techonomy | November 2012
This is the golden age of grassroots regime change. Unless, of course, you woke up in North Korea.
“Floating North Korea” | The North Korea Bog | October 2012
The recent announcement that Russia and North Korea have agreed to write off nearly all of the hermit kingdom’s $11 billion in Soviet-era debt — more than half of North Korea’s foreign debt obligations – reminds us that the bonds between the Sino-Soviet Bloc and its enfant terrible have depreciated into economic surrealism. [Part I | Part II]
“When Great Cinema Becomes Propaganda” | The Huffington Post | August 2012
This year, the biggest October Surprise might not have been a surprise at all – Zero Dark Thirty, an Oscar contender released by Sony Pictures.
“How to Crowdfund Your Dream” | The Huffington Post | July 2012
Content creators around the world have turned to crowdfunding sites to fund their projects, with remarkable results.
“Respected dictator, prolific author and fashion icon dies at 69″ | The North Korea Blog | November 2011
An obituary for Kim Jong Il.
Reviews and Interviews
“The Comedy Detective: An Interview with Modern Family‘s Dan O’Shannon” | The Huffington Post | September 2012
There’s something dreadfully un-funny about talking comedy with seriously funny people, but Dan O’Shannon is a different breed of comedian.
“Deconstructing a House of Lies” | The Huffington Post | January 2012
After watching House of Lies, I wondered: Why not build a house of truths?