The digital publication is set to launch on 27 June and will focus on living with technology. Real Life will publish one piece of content a day up to five days a week including “essays, arguments, and narratives about living with technology,” according to Jurgenson.
“It will be about how we live today and how our lives are mediated by devices…” he writes. “We’re not a news or reviews site, but we will describe the tech world—specifically how that industry shapes the world we live in today.”
Snapchat is funding the online magazine and Jurgenson points out that the publication will retain editorial independence from Snapchat.
“I expect Real Life will host—writing both brilliant in form and thought,” says Jurgenson .
Senior editors at Real Life include Rob Horning, a contributing editor at New Inquiry, Alexandra Molotkow, founding editor of Hazlitt and associate editor at The Walrus, and Sarah Nicole Prickett, a contributing editor at The New Inquiry. Soraya King, managing editor of Adult magazine, will be Real Life’s managing editor.
Real Life will be hosting a launch event in New York, including a screening of Videodrome, and a panel discussion featuring Jade Davis, M. Lamar, and Michael Thomsen and moderated by Jurgenson at Anthology Film Archives on 32 Second Ave at 2nd Street.
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