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Mar 24, 2008, 09:56 AM
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Link: Steven Levy going to Wired
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Description:: Newsweek reportedly is paying him six figures to leave

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fixyourthinking
Mar 24, 2008, 11:09 AM
Steven Levy is a great guy ... I hope he's going to take Leander Kahney's place.

IJ Reilly
Mar 24, 2008, 11:45 AM
A year or so ago, I would not have called this a promotion. After all, Newsweek is a respected national magazine, and Wired has a spotty reputation. But now with all of the news magazines and newspapers going downhill rapidly I suppose this might even be a good move for a tech journalist. And a six-figure contract buyout -- wow!

macFanDave
Mar 24, 2008, 06:08 PM
He probably got canned for losing (or pretending to lose) his loaner MacBook Air.

John.B
Mar 24, 2008, 11:33 PM
I wonder if he will continue to get special treatment from Cupertino now that he's working for these (http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/16-04/bz_apple) guys (http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/16-04/bz_apple_rules).

tgildred
Mar 25, 2008, 09:36 AM
Hm. I thought this said Eugene Levy and clicked. Is there anything that guy won't do?

kingtj
Mar 25, 2008, 10:39 AM
Say what you will about Wired magazine. They've always been considered a better source for *technical* stories and info than Newsweek! Newsweek is respected because it caters to the masses. Everyone's heard of it, and almost everyone has picked up a copy and read part of it while waiting for a haircut or a doctor's appointment. Schools commonly make students read it in class for projects, etc. Wired has a much sharper focus. They're about the "celebration of technology". If your focus as a writer is on technical topics, then Wired is a FAR better place to be than being forced to dumb-down everything for mass consumption in a generic "news magazine".


A year or so ago, I would not have called this a promotion. After all, Newsweek is a respected national magazine, and Wired has a spotty reputation. But now with all of the news magazines and newspapers going downhill rapidly I suppose this might even be a good move for a tech journalist. And a six-figure contract buyout -- wow!

Silencio
Mar 25, 2008, 10:45 AM
Hm. I thought this said Eugene Levy and clicked. Is there anything that guy won't do?

If he brought Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban and company along with him, then Wired might actually be worth reading again. :D

IJ Reilly
Mar 25, 2008, 11:46 AM
Say what you will about Wired magazine. They've always been considered a better source for *technical* stories and info than Newsweek! Newsweek is respected because it caters to the masses. Everyone's heard of it, and almost everyone has picked up a copy and read part of it while waiting for a haircut or a doctor's appointment. Schools commonly make students read it in class for projects, etc. Wired has a much sharper focus. They're about the "celebration of technology". If your focus as a writer is on technical topics, then Wired is a FAR better place to be than being forced to dumb-down everything for mass consumption in a generic "news magazine".

Magazines like Newsweek used to be considered the A-team of journalism. No longer. Presumably this is why Levy was prepared to bail.

Wired has had some moments. I guess I'm reflecting on the lost potential, having watched them since the beginning. The tech magazine I really miss is Upside. They tried to be (for lack of a better description) the thinking-man's Wired. It didn't last long.