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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
Condé Nast
, it is headquartered in San Francisco, California
, and has been in publication since 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
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
Wired magazine
and Wired News
Wired News
(which publishes at Wired.com) had separate owners. However, Wired News
Wired News
remained responsible for republishing Wired magazine's content online due to an agreement when Condé Nast
Condé Nast
purchased the magazine. In 2006, Condé Nast bought Wired News
Wired News
for $25 million, reuniting the magazine with its website.

Wired contributor Chris Anderson is known for popularising the term "the Long Tail
Long Tail
", as a phrase relating to a 'power law' type graph which helps to visualise the 2000's emergent new media business model. Anderson's article for "Wired" on this paradigm related to research on power law distribution models carried out by Clay Shirky , specifically in relation to bloggers. Anderson widened the definition of the term in capitals to describe a specific point of view relating to what he sees as an overlooked aspect of the traditional market space which has been opened up by new media.

The magazine coined the term "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".


* 1 History

* 1.1 The Anderson era

* 2 Website

* 2.1 WikiLeaks

* 3 NextFest * 4 Supplement * 5 Contributors * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 Further reading * 9 External links


Cover of Wired issue 1.4 September/October 1993

The magazine was founded by American journalist Louis Rossetto and his partner Jane Metcalfe , along with Ian Charles Stewart in 1993 with initial backing from software entrepreneur Charlie Jackson and eclectic academic Nicholas Negroponte of the MIT Media Lab
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
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
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 (1.1) had written for Whole Earth Review, most notably Bruce Sterling
Bruce Sterling
(who was highlighted on the first cover) and Stewart Brand . Other contributors to Whole Earth appeared in Wired, including William Gibson
William Gibson
, who was featured on Wired's cover in its first year and whose article " Disneyland with the Death Penalty
Disneyland with the Death Penalty
" in issue 1.4 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
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
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 , Suck.com . 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
Providence Equity Partners
in May 1998, who quickly sold off the company in pieces. Wired was purchased by Advance Publications
Advance Publications
, who assigned it to Advance's subsidiary, New York-based publisher Condé Nast Publications
Condé Nast Publications
(while keeping Wired's editorial offices in San Francisco). Wired Digital (wired.com, hotbot.com, webmonkey.com, 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.


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), 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
Long Tail

The November 2004 issue of Wired was published with The Wired CD
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
Beastie Boys
, My Morning Jacket
My Morning Jacket
, Paul Westerberg
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
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
Condé Nast
Italia launched the Italian edition of Wired and Wired.it. On April 2, 2009, Condé Nast
Condé Nast
relaunched the UK edition of Wired, edited by David Rowan, and launched Wired.co.uk. 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 finder(s). 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.

In 2012, Limor Fried
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 .


Wired TYPE OF SITE Technology

OWNER Condé Nast
Condé Nast
; formerly Lycos
; originally Wired magazine
Wired magazine

WEBSITE www.wired.com

ALEXA RANK 1,200 (as of March 18, 2017 )


LAUNCHED November 20, 1992; 24 years ago (1992-11-20)


The Wired website, formerly known as Wired News
Wired News
and HotWired , launched in October 1994. It split off from the magazine when it was purchased by Condé Nast
Condé Nast
Publishing in the 1990s. Wired News
Wired News
was owned by Lycos
not long after the split, until Condé Nast
Condé Nast
purchased Wired News on July 11, 2006.

Wired.com hosts several technology blogs on topics in transportation, security, business, new products, video games, the " GeekDad " blog on toys, creating websites, cameras, culture and science. It also publishes the Vaporware


Wired was criticized for its handling of the Adrian Lamo /Chelsea Manning logs. Wired contributor Kevin Poulsen used Lamo to obtain transcripts of the communications between Lamo and Bradley that led to Manning's arrest over the " WikiLeaks
" in 2010. Poulsen released approximately one third of the logs, but he and Wired editor in chief Evan Hansen refused to release more on grounds of privacy. The issue became a subject of controversy, when Poulsen and Hansen attacked Wired critic Glenn Greenwald
Glenn Greenwald


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
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 Convention Center
, Los Angeles * 2008: September 27 – October 12 at Millennium Park
Millennium Park
in Chicago


The Geekipedia supplement

* Geekipedia is a supplement to Wired.


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

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


* Why the Future Doesn\'t Need Us


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