Ian Bogost on videogame economics, Anne Elizabeth Moore on Vice and Murdoch, and more

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March 14, 2014
Dear Sorensen,
Illustration by Zohar Lazar
Illustration by Zohar Lazar.

Why, hello there! Behind the scenes of the website, we're currently shining our spectacles and waxing our mustaches in preparation for a re-launch of the site in just a month or two. We promise that the new online Baffler will be shiny, and colorful, but not startlingly so.


In the meantime, we're starting to put up some of our older salvos, stories, and satire, online for the first time. Catch up with us in a spare moment this weekend, perhaps. Or, many moments clustered together. And, in case you missed them, here are the pieces we've published lately from our current issue, THE JIG IS UP (with more to come):


-"Rage Against the Machines," an essay by IAN BOGOST explained the toxic addiction-economics of supposedly-free-but-not-really videogames like CandyCrushSaga, Angry Birds, and FarmVille.


-"The Vertically Integrated Rape Joke: The triumph of Vice" by ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE examined the (highly-profitable, morally dubious) bromance between Vice Media's Shane Smith and News Corp's Rupert Murdoch.


-"Nerds on the Knife Edge," an excerpt of an interview with JARON LANIER, discussed Lanier's dismay over the lack of cultural diversity in Silicon Valley. That terrifying and evocative illustration of nerds above was commissioned for this very piece. 


-"Hoard d'Oeuvres: Art of the 1 percent" by RHONDA LIEBERMAN brought us into "the jungle of the feral rich" to explore the obscene world of elite art-collecting.



We do have a BLOG that we update daily, featuring the alternating voices of JIM NEWELL and CHRIS BRAY, with some more writers coming soon that we're very excited about, too . You can find it here. 
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