Call for Pitches: Bodies

We are soliciting pitches for an upcoming issue of Logic.

Logic is a magazine about technology and society that publishes three times per year. We're trying to ask the right questions about how technology works, and whom it works for. Learn more about the magazine, and read our manifesto, at logicmag.io.

We’re seeking reported articles, features, essays, and profiles. We pay $150 for shorter essays of 1000-1200 words, and $400 for longer features of 2000-3000 words and up.

Issue 8: Bodies

The Internet was supposed to free us from our bodies. Ours is a world that is both everywhere and nowhere, John Perry Barlow thundered in the “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace,” but it it is not where bodies live.

The year was 1996. America was getting online. Individuals could meet in chatrooms and flirt and fight without revealing what they looked like or how they sounded. The World Wide Web let them communicate across vast bodies of land and water and beyond—boosters said—the reach of governments; doing so, it rewired the body politic.

Even then, some critics had their doubts. Did virtual crossdressing really free you from gender? Was cyberspace “colorblind,” if people of color were vastly less likely to have the computers to access it than their white counterparts? In the new millennium, cyberspace merged with meatspace: computers migrated from our desktops into our pockets and smarthomes and cities and even our sex toys and medical implants.

This issue will look at “bodies” in their many contexts—asking how technologies are rewiring us and how to make an Internet where everybody thrives. Possible topics for pitches include: Violence, Prosthetics and implants, Haptics, Sports and Fitness, Pleasing Bodies, Vile Bodies, Reproduction, Reproductive Justice, Resurrection, Reincarnation, Life after death, Funerary technology, Synthetic biology, Medicine, Mind-brain interfaces,  Drugs (pharmaceutical and recreational), The Quantified Self, Gender reassignment, Texts and Corpora, (Other) Animals, Robots, Cybernetics, Nutrition, Agriculture, VR and proprioception, Sex, Self Care, Governing Bodies, Bodies of Water, Astral Bodies, Viral Stars, etc...

Please send pitches to pitches@logicmag.io by January 10, 2019, with the subject line "Pitch: Bodies Issue."