I have technical protection for The Era for 28 years, and now my time is over
I’m quitting from the greatest job I’ve ever known – but I still believe the press will thrive.
On December 1, The New York Times was missing something: its star technology reporter. John Markoff bought it and officially retired. It is a loss not only for the newspaper but for all of us. Over the years, Markoff had provided scoop after news Times *: the first major computer virus, the emergence of the web browser, the rise of artificial intelligence, the threat of the dark side hacker, problems with Clipper Chip … more than 2,000 lines, each well-documented, clearly visible lines, I first met Markoff when he was working for InfoWorld. It was 1982 and I started writing technology for * Rolling Stone *. Everyone tells me I have to meet this guy who really understands the whole picture – technology, culture, changes and why the digital revolution plays out like the sixties. . When I met Markoff, I found a good mentality and a reliable guide to a topic that I will be looking for over the next three decades. I also found a friend – and he’s the best tech reporter ever. Thankfully, he won’t stop writing. I have heard that * Times will keep him in contract for more stories; he will also be a writer at the Simons Institute of Computer Theory at the University of California at Berkeley next year, and is writing a biography of Stewart Brand. And maybe we’ll ask him to do a story here and there for Backchannel. Last weekend, Times brought his star technology reporter to a farewell at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism. Markoff’s comment, slightly edited, appears below. As usual, he delivered the goods. – Steven Levy
A NYT Tradition: when one of their human organizations leaves, the employees make a parody of the article.Yes, I will retire from The New York Times. This is clearly bittersweet, but also very strange. Whenever I tell someone I’m leaving a newspaper, they immediately say “congratulations.”
What the hell? Congratulations on having achieved one of the best jobs in the world?
The simple fact is that I’ve lived a lot longer than my friends. But until I changed my mind last summer and bought back, I was sure that I would go out like those men at Examiner – the replica editors worked at night in their t-shirts. And then care about their CRT and come before it.
But what the hell is that.
It’s really hard to leave now. I just viewed my chosen job as a delivery to someone who’s about to become president. And then at least some of the Americans said, “The rope. Bight. Journalist. “
So on second thought, maybe this is a good time to go. During my time as a reporter, I have seen a lot of changes. Maybe I should see it coming. I went into business as a paper boy. The two houses on my route were the homes of Steve Jobs and Larry Page. That is both ironic and odd. In the end, I moved the papers to the homes of two people who did more work than anyone in the world to change the way news is conveyed.
The first transition happened when I was in college. Working for the student newspaper every week, I will put our latest edition on the local newspaper – Walla Walla Union Bulletin – Weekly and follow the hot lead typeface operators and typesetting. They are cigar-smokers wearing rough aprons.