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2006 Stories by Julian Dibbell

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  • Trading Up

    published July 11, 2006

    On July 12, 2005, Kyle MacDonald posted an ambitious request on Craigslist: He wanted to trade a single red paperclip ( More >>

  • Play War

    published July 4, 2006

    Oh, sure, no harm in spending your Fourth of July rooting for one former Axis power or another in the world semifinals of un-American football,... More >>

  • All Hail

    published June 20, 2006

    Is there anyone within shouting distance of a Wi-Fi connection who doesn't already know that Google is taking over the universe? Maybe not. Even... More >>

  • Talk Therapy

    published June 13, 2006

    Narcissists of the world, check it out: The folks at Ether ( seem to think you have something extra... More >>

  • Comic Relief

    published June 6, 2006

    The year is 2011: John McCain is president, the war on terror slogs on, and the mainstream media officially refer to suicide bombings as "homicide... More >>

  • Edit Me!

    published May 30, 2006

    Whip-smart media theorist McKenzie Wark is no yippie anarchist (too much Marx, McLuhan, and tenure in him for that), but his provocative new book... More >>

  • Web Zen

    published May 23, 2006

    If you've caught the ads for this summer's inevitable Adam Sandler vehicle Click ("What if you had a universal remote . . . that controlled... More >>

  • Surfin' Safari

    published May 16, 2006

    "Search when you know just what you're looking for, stumble when you don't," advises a press release for fresh-out-of-beta "Web discovery service"... More >>

  • Crafts Bizarre

    published May 9, 2006

    The chance that future archaeologists will identify the 21st century as the Duct Tape Age is looking good right now, and you can blame it on a... More >>

  • Web Love

    published May 2, 2006

    "Fantasizing aside?" says vlogger genius Ze Frank in a recent installment of his daily three-minute webcast The Show ( More >>

  • Turf Wars

    published April 25, 2006

    Ah, Wikipedia: No true believer in the democratic promise of the Web can fail to gladden at the very mention of this grand experiment—the... More >>

  • Kill This Site

    published April 18, 2006

    Look, there's nothing wrong with the editorial voice of Thrillist that a lunch hour's sensitivity training or... More >>

  • Vapor Travails

    published April 11, 2006

    Five days' nonstop fare-chasing in a San Francisco taxicab doesn't sound very uplifting, I know, but look at it through the eyes of a... More >>

  • Reel Homage

    published April 4, 2006

    The collected works of cinematic genius Brandon Hardesty don't add up to more than 20 minutes running time, but give the man a break: Of his eight... More >>

  • Heart of Desire

    published March 28, 2006

    There's no accounting for tastes, it's true, but mapping them apparently is another story. The experimental "self-adapting" search engine More >>

  • Zen And The Art

    published March 21, 2006

    As pestilent as the crusaders against violence in video games may be, just be thankful they haven't set their sights yet on the far greater... More >>

  • eBay Atheist

    published March 14, 2006

    In the future, no marketing textbook will be complete without a chapter on Hemant Mehta, the 22-year-old who last month sold his soul on More >>


    published March 7, 2006

    "Where are my turnips?" the anarchist author Hakim Bey famously demanded of the Internet in 1991, unimpressed with purely digital abundance and... More >>

  • Mediocre TV

    published February 28, 2006

    "This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire," said Edward R. Murrow, patron saint of television, in one of his... More >>

  • Too Damn Skype

    published February 21, 2006

    The wheels of legislative oversight turn slowly, and by the time Congress gets around to reining in Bush's warrantless phone-tap program, we could... More >>

  • Scarlet Letters

    published February 14, 2006

    As third-party applications of the Google Maps interface go, the Family Watchdog National Sex Offender Registry isn't exactly a browser's delight.... More >>

  • Game From Hell

    published February 7, 2006

    Folks, I've seen some sick and twisted video games in my day, but I hereby award the cake to a dark little perversion of the human imagination... More >>

  • Burning Bush

    published January 31, 2006

    One word, my friends: Oh sorry, two words. Right? Or no, three, because what about org?... More >>

  • Pope's No Dope

    published January 24, 2006

    Infallibility has a price, and apparently it's $18,209. That's what the Vatican just billed an Italian publisher for bootlegging an excerpt or two... More >>

  • Dry Space

    published January 17, 2006

    When Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey, professed vampire and practicing Satanist, announced he was running for Minnesota governor on a platform of... More >>

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