The last thing the Internet needs is another tech blog.
We don’t need another site for software recommendations or new product-spec breakdowns. We certainly can’t stomach another news source that functions as a mouthpiece for startups’ PR, beholden to embargos and peppered with reused soundbites.
Not that these are inherently bad things; we just have a lot of them. But this isn’t going to be another one.
Today we’re formally announcing the Daily Dot’s tech section. While we’ve been covering stories that fall under this designation, we’ll be spending more time than ever focusing on tech coverage. The section, like the rest of our site, will be all about people. We’ll focus on how tech in all forms—apps, websites, and electronics—make us feel, how we use it, or how it uses us.
We’ll search for the perfect selfie, a new digital identity, or a more quantified self, reporting back what we find. And we’ll help you with tips for Tumblr and how not to be that guy on Twitter, always striving to strike a balance between the personal and practical.
For the last two years, we resisted stories about gadgets, focusing instead on the individuals enabled by them. But the rise of the mobile Web—this is, after all, a world where an app is worth $19 billion—makes the genre hard to ignore.
Technology is no longer just an accessory to how we live. It’s become an integral part of how we operate, the conduit between online and IRL.
It’s no longer only for “nerds” or the smart kids—or the rich kids, either. It’s increasingly democratic, offering us all more and more capabilities, accessed with nothing more than a Wi-Fi password. The parameters of “technology” continue to widen, and so do the ways we talk about it.
Eventually, the need to talk about “technology” will be obsolete. Everything that falls under that distinction will be so woven into our lives that “tech” will just be an indistinguishable undercurrent powering and motivating the things we do. The future Spike Jonze designed in Her is, in a sense, already here. Our tech is becoming a second skin.
The generation born Snapchatting is upon us. And we want to be its paper of record, offering a sense of direction and permanence long after those snaps have disappeared into the digital ether.
Illustration by Jason Reed