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 6: Play
Our Play issue will look at the games people play with technology—and what happens when we let technology play us.
Three and a half millennia ago, Plato wrote:
Life must be lived as play, playing certain games, making sacrifices, singing and dancing, and then a man will be able to propitiate the gods, and defend himself against his enemies, and win the contest.
Play is older than culture. Culture needs human society, whereas animals play all the time. The origins of computers lie in code-breaking and imitation games, too.
Today, the gaming industry makes over one hundred billion dollars per year, and we gamify everything from exercise to sex to sleep to crowdsourced scientific work. In the era of “do what you love,” the lines between work and play, pleasure and labor, blur. Tech campuses encourage employees to develop their creativity in the atmosphere of a privileged childhood—with casual clothes, juice bars, and gym class—so long as they work long hours.
We welcome pitches on: logic puzzles, VR, AR, MMOGs, MOOCs, streaming services, recommendation algorithms, game theory, credit scores, auctions, role playing, cam girls, hacker maker spaces, simulations, scale models, Burning Man (just playing), office ping pong, Pong, war games, screentime, childcare robots, self-tracking apps, powerplays, fakers, and more.
Please send pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1st with the subject line "Pitch: Play Issue."