Meet “On Air,” Our iOS Magazine

Introducing On Air App

For the last eight months, our writers, editors, and developers have been laboring on a secret project. A small team has been working on a big idea. And today I have the honor to share what we’ve been doing: The Airspace is launching a digital magazine for smartphones and tablets called On Air. For $2.99 a month (less than a cup of coffee), subscribers receive access to exclusive essays and articles from our writers. “Culture, Technology, and Scholarship” from around the world will be delivered right to the palm of your hand.

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For A Better Internet: The Airspace Welcomes Michael Ferguson

Even at the recommendation of someone I completely trust, I was reticent to let Michael Ferguson work on The Airspace. This gut feeling was predicated by the fact that Michael is a roommate of Airspace senior editor Eric Harsh. They had been living together for some time, The Airspace had been operating for a couple months, and yet there hadn’t been a thread connecting the two until April. It took only a brief conversation with Michael to change my opinion entirely.

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The Hebdomadal Revue—January 15th–21st

Hebdomadal Revue January 15-21

The Hebdomadal Revue is a collection of the best articles, videos, recordings, images, etc. the editors of The Airspace found in the previous week. The Internet is filled with awe-inspiring things made by people from all across the world. The Revue is an attempt to tap into that syncretic wonder and bring it to our readers—it’s also a great place to blow off steam on a Sunday.

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Welcome to The Airspace

We’re in the middle of a full-on war against quasi-culture. The web is fraught with fragmented thoughts, concepts, videos, tweets, likes, and articles. Great content is being produced at an ever-accelerating rate as the technology of the Internet puts the tools of creation at people’s disposal. This isn’t a new concept, but each day, the rate of change increases by an accelerating factor.

When we, the people of the Internet, fire up our browsers, we are inclined to navigate to specific websites to parse through the deluge of information. But when we log into Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Hackernews, Techmeme, Pinterest, Stumble Upon, etc., we are inundated by the firehose of information rushing at us. It’s standard policy that we get worked up into a cyclical bout of clicking, scrolling, watching, reading and writing without taking the time to understand or contextualize the material we are wading through.

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Commentary Ticker

  • Google Glass Lets You Take Photos With Your Brain
    July 12, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

  • Android Art: The Accidental Selfies of Google Art Project
    July 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

  • Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist
    July 4, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

  • Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From
    July 2, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Mall
    June 24, 2014 | 9:07 pm

    For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

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