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Wired is a monthly American magazine, published in print and online editions, that focuses on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy, and politics Owned by Condé Nast, it is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has been in publication since its first issue in March/April 1993 Several spin-offs have been launched including: Wired UK, Wired Italia, Wired Japan and Wired Germany

In its earliest colophons, Wired credited Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan as its "patron saint" From its beginning, the strongest influence on the magazine's editorial outlook came from techno-utopian co-founder Stewart Brand and his associate Kevin Kelly

From 1998 to 2006, Wired magazine and Wired News which publishes at Wiredcom had separate owners However, Wired News remained responsible for republishing Wired magazine's content online due to an agreement when Condé Nast purchased the magazine In 2006, Condé Nast bought Wired News for $25 million, reuniting the magazine with its website

Wired is known for coining the terms "the Long Tail" and "crowdsourcing", as well as its annual tradition of handing out Vaporware Awards which recognize "products, videogames and other nerdy tidbits pitched, promised and hyped, but never delivered"

Wired is known also for featuring editorials from industry leaders


  • 1 History
    • 11 The Anderson era
  • 2 NextFest
  • 3 Supplement
  • 4 Contributors
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 Further reading
  • 8 External links


Cover of Wired issue 14 September/October 1993

The magazine was founded by American journalist Louis Rossetto and his partner Jane Metcalfe in 1993 with initial backing from software entrepreneur Charlie Jackson and eclectic academic Nicholas Negroponte of the MIT Media Lab, who was a regular columnist for six years, through 1998 and wrote the book Being Digital The founding designers were John Plunkett and Barbara Kuhr Plunkett+Kuhr, beginning with a 1991 prototype and continuing through the first five years of publication, 1993–98

Wired, which touted itself as "the Rolling Stone of technology," made its debut at the Macworld conference on January 2, 1993 A great success at its launch, it was lauded for its vision, originality, innovation and cultural impact In its first four years, the magazine won two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence and one for Design

Wired Building location in San Francisco

The founding executive editor of Wired, Kevin Kelly, was an editor of the Whole Earth Catalog and the Whole Earth Review, and brought with him contributing writers from those publications Six authors of the first Wired issue 11 had written for Whole Earth Review, most notably Bruce Sterling who was highlighted on the first cover and Stewart Brand Other contributors to Whole Earth appeared in Wired, including William Gibson, who was featured on Wired's cover in its first year and whose article "Disneyland with the Death Penalty" in issue 14 resulted in the publication being banned in Singapore

Wired co-founder Louis Rossetto claimed in the magazine's first issue that "the Digital Revolution is whipping through our lives like a Bengali typhoon," yet despite the fact that Kelly was involved in launching the WELL, an early source of public access to the Internet and even earlier non-Internet online experience, Wired's first issue de-emphasized the Internet, and covered interactive games, cell-phone hacking, digital special effects, military simulations, and Japanese otaku However, the first issue did contain a few references to the Internet, including online-dating and Internet sex, and a tutorial on installing a bozo filter The last page, a column written by Nicholas Negroponte, was written in the style of an e-mail message, but contained obviously fake, non-standard email addresses By the third issue in the fall of 1993 the "Net Surf" column began listing interesting FTP sites, Usenet newsgroups, and email addresses, at a time when the numbers of these things were small and this information was still extremely novel to the public Wired was among the first magazines to list the email address of its authors and contributors

Associate publisher Kathleen Lyman formerly of News Corporation and Ziff Davis was brought on board to launch Wired with an advertising base of major technology and consumer advertisers Lyman, along with Simon Ferguson Wired's first advertising manager, introduced revolutionary ad campaigns by a diverse group of industry leaders—such as Apple Computer, Intel, Sony, Calvin Klein, and Absolut—to the readers of the first technology publication with a lifestyle slant

The magazine was quickly followed by a companion website HotWired, a book publishing division, HardWired, a Japanese edition, and a short-lived British edition, Wired UK Wired UK was relaunched in April 2009 In 1994, John Battelle, co-founding editor, commissioned Jules Marshall to write a piece on the Zippies The cover story broke records for being one of the most publicized stories of the year and was used to promote Wired's HotWired news service

HotWired spawned websites Webmonkey, the search engine HotBot, and a weblog, Suckcom In June 1998, the magazine launched a stock index, The Wired Index, since July 2003 called The Wired 40

The fortune of the magazine and allied enterprises corresponded closely to that of the dot-com bubble In 1996, Rossetto and the other participants in Wired Ventures attempted to take the company public with an IPO The initial attempt had to be withdrawn in the face of a downturn in the stock market, and especially the Internet sector, during the summer of 1996 The second try was also unsuccessful

Rossetto and Metcalfe lost control of Wired Ventures to financial investors Providence Equity Partners in May 1998, who quickly sold off the company in pieces Wired was purchased by Advance Publications, who assigned it to Advance's subsidiary, New York-based publisher Condé Nast Publications while keeping Wired's editorial offices in San Francisco Wired Digital wiredcom, hotbotcom, webmonkeycom, etc was purchased by Lycos and run independently from the rest of the magazine until 2006 when it was sold by Lycos to Advance Publications, returning the websites back to the same company that published the magazine

In 2012, Limor Fried became the first female engineer featured on the cover of Wired

In May 2013, Wired joined the Digital Video Network with the announcement of five original web series including the National Security Agency satire Codefellas and the animated advice series Mister Know-It-All

The Anderson era

Wilco at the Wired Rave Awards in 2003

Wired survived the dot-com bubble and found new direction under editor-in-chief Chris Anderson in 2001, making the magazine's coverage "more mainstream"

Under Anderson, Wired has produced some widely noted articles, including the April 2003 "Welcome to the Hydrogen Economy" story, the November 2003 "Open Source Everywhere" issue which put Linus Torvalds on the cover and articulated the idea that the open source method was taking off outside of software, including encyclopedias as evidenced by Wikipedia, the February 2004 "Kiss Your Cubicle Goodbye" issue which presented the outsourcing issue from both American and Indian perspectives, and an October 2004 article by Chris Anderson, which coined the popular term "Long Tail"

The November 2004 issue of Wired was published with The Wired CD All of the songs on the CD were released under various Creative Commons licenses, an attempt to push alternative copyright into the spotlight Most of the songs were contributed by major artists, including the Beastie Boys, My Morning Jacket, Paul Westerberg, and David Byrne

In 2005, Wired received the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the category of 500,000 to 1,000,000 subscribers That same year Anderson won Advertising Age's editor of the year award In May 2007, the magazine again won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence In 2008, Wired was nominated for three National Magazine Awards and won the ASME for Design It also took home 14 Society of Publication Design Awards, including the Gold for Magazine of the Year In 2009, Wired was nominated for four National Magazine Awards – including General Excellence, Design, Best Section Start, and Integration – and won three: General Excellence, Design and Best Section Start David Rowan from Wired UK was awarded the BSME Launch of the Year 2009 award On December 14, 2009, Wired magazine was named Magazine of the Decade by the editors of Adweek

In 2006, writer Jeff Howe and editor Mark Robinson coined the term crowdsourcing in the June issue

In 2009, Condé Nast Italia launched the Italian edition of Wired and Wiredit On April 2, 2009, Condé Nast relaunched the UK edition of Wired, edited by David Rowan, and launched Wiredcouk Also in 2009, Wired writer Evan Ratliff "vanished" attempting to keep his whereabouts secret saying "I will try to stay hidden for 30 days" A $5,000 reward was offered to his finders Ratliff was found September 8 in New Orleans by a team effort, which was written about by Ratliff in a later issue In 2010, Wired released its Tablet edition


Wired NextFest

From 2004 to 2008, Wired organized an annual "festival of innovative products and technologies" A NextFest for 2009 was canceled

  • 2004: May 14–16 at the Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
  • 2005: June 24–26 at Navy Pier, Chicago
  • 2006: September 28 – October 1 at the Jacob K Javits Convention Center, New York City
  • 2007: September 13–16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
  • 2008: September 27 – October 12 at Millennium Park in Chicago


The Geekipedia supplement
  • Geekipedia is a supplement to Wired


Wired's writers have included Jorn Barger, John Perry Barlow, John Battelle, Paul Boutin, Stewart Brand, Gareth Branwyn, Po Bronson, Scott Carney, Michael Chorost, Douglas Coupland, James Daly, Joshua Davis, J Bradford DeLong, Mark Dery, David Diamond, Cory Doctorow, Esther Dyson, Mark Frauenfelder, Simson Garfinkel, William Gibson, Dan Gillmor Mike Godwin, George Gilder, Lou Ann Hammond, Chris Hardwick, Danny Hillis, Steven Johnson, Bill Joy, Jon Katz, Leander Kahney, Richard Kadrey, Jaron Lanier, Lawrence Lessig, Paul Levinson, Steven Levy, John Markoff, Wil McCarthy, Russ Mitchell, Glyn Moody, Charles Platt, Josh Quittner, Spencer Reiss, Howard Rheingold, Rudy Rucker, Paul Saffo, Adam Savage, Evan Schwartz, Peter Schwartz, Alex Steffen, Neal Stephenson, Bruce Sterling, John Hodgman, Kevin Warwick, Dave Winer, Belinda Parmar and Gary Wolf

Guest editors have included Barack Obama, Rem Koolhaas, James Cameron, Will Wright, J J Abrams, Christopher Nolan and Serena Williams

See also

  • Why the Future Doesn't Need Us


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines" Audit Bureau of Circulations June 30, 2013 Retrieved November 12, 2013 
  2. ^ a b Alex French "The Very First Issues of 19 Famous Magazines" Mental Floss Retrieved August 10, 2015 
  3. ^ Stahlman, Mark 1996 "The English ideology and Wired Magazine" Imaginary Futures Retrieved June 15, 2011 
  4. ^ Manjoo, Farhad July 14, 2008 "Long Tails and Big Heads" Slate 
  5. ^ Whitford, David March 22, 2007 "Hired Guns on the Cheap" Fortune Small Business Retrieved August 7, 2007 
  6. ^ Calore, Michael March 11, 2011 "Vaporware 2010: The Great White Duke" Wired 
  7. ^ Cobb, Nathan November 24, 1992 "Terminal Chic: Technology is moving out of computers and into the culture" The Boston Globe p 29 
  8. ^ Carr, David July 27, 2003 "The Coolest Magazine on the Planet" New York Times 
  9. ^ Mehegan, David March 1, 1995 "Multimedia Animal Wired Visionary Nicholas Negroponte is MIT's Loud Voice of the Future" The Boston Globe 
  10. ^ Leonard, Andrew August 18, 1998 "Wired: The book" Saloncom Retrieved 2011-06-24 
  11. ^ Brook, Stephen June 30, 2008 "Condé Nast to launch Wired in the UK" The Guardian London 
  12. ^ Wired July 1994 p 133
  13. ^ Leibovich, Lori May 8, 1998 "Wired nests with Condé Nast: Will the magazine's new owners dull its edge" Saloncom Retrieved 2011-06-24 
  14. ^ "Meet the maker - MIT News Office" Webmitedu 2013-05-31 Retrieved 2013-06-16 
  15. ^ Erik Hayden 15 May 2013 "Conde Nast Entertainment Launches 'Wired' Video Channel - The Hollywood Reporter" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved 2013-06-23 
  16. ^ Erik Maza 2 May 2013 "Condé Entertainment Previews Video Channels for Vogue, Wired and Vanity Fair" Women's Wear Daily Retrieved 2013-06-23 
  17. ^ Clifford, Stephanie May 18, 2009 "Wired Struggles to Find Niche in Magazine World" New York Times New York Retrieved June 23, 2011 
  18. ^ a b "Edge: Chris Anderson" Edge Foundation Retrieved July 19, 2007 
  19. ^ "2007 National Magazine Award Winners Announced" Press release American Society of Magazine Editors May 1, 2007 
  20. ^ "2009 BSME Awards: The 2009 Winners" British Society of Magazine Editors Retrieved December 8, 2009 
  21. ^ "Magazine of the Decade: Wired" AdweekMedia: Best of the 2000s Retrieved December 19, 2009 
  22. ^ David Whitford March 22, 2007 "Hired Guns on the Cheap" Fortune Small Business Retrieved August 7, 2007 
  23. ^ "Anche l'Italia è Wired: ecco le reazioni dei blogger" Sky Italia in Italian March 5, 2009 
  24. ^ Andrews, Robert March 26, 2009 "Wiredcouk Goes Live Ahead Of April 2 Mag Relaunch" paidContent:UK 
  25. ^ Ratliff, Evan August 14, 2009 "Author Evan Ratliff Is on the Lam Locate Him and Win $5,000" Wired 
  26. ^ "Wired Nextfest" Archived from the original on April 27, 2009 
  27. ^ Moses, Lucia 31 July 2009 "Wired Magazine Cancels NextFest" adweekcom Adweek Retrieved 15 October 2015 
  28. ^ "Geekipedia" Wired February 13, 2007 Retrieved July 22, 2012 

Further reading

  • "Wired UK: what nearly happened", an article on the rise and fall of Wired UK
  • Gary Wolf 2003 Wired: A Romance New York: Random House ISBN 0-375-50290-4 

External links

  • Official website
  • Wired Italy website
  • Wired Japan website
  • Wired UK website

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