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.

The goal of the Airspace is to take all that fragmented information, and piece it together to create great stories. Since humankind began lumbering around the plains and painting caves, we have been searching for compelling stories and rich narratives to preserve our identity over time. Those stories amalgamate and form our collective culture. As connections across the globe grew due to the proliferation of the Internet, many geographic sub-cultures meshed together and created an indeterminate quasi-culture—it’s roots are authentic but the combination is reductive. As a reaction to quasi-culture, people retreated to niches where they could focus on, and give their entire attention to one concept or principle at a time. Eventually even niches became divided, dense, and hard to penetrate. The Airspace starts at the cellular level of niches and builds stories so our readers can find comprehensive, and accessible narratives to fit their interests.

Our articles currently divide into six primary categories: music, film and television, applications, insight, literature, and products. Additionally we host an off kilter podcast where our senior editors discuss topics in culture and riff with offbeat conversation in 40-60 minute increments. We intend to offer the best commentary we can, and our six categories offer us both the breadth and constraints to do so. The editors and writers of The Airspace are explorers roaming the badlands, looking for the best stories to bring back to our readers. The focus on the story is essential to our mission—we leave bias, pretense, and assumption behind when we research the content we decide to share.

We’re vetted, highly edited, and entirely transparent—check out our Colophon to see what makes the site function. We realize that we can’t provide the most holistic coverage of every topic so we scour the web for the most relevant pieces of information and aggregate them in our articles for you. Our goal is to take the fragmented information that’s spread out across the Internet and bring it all together so you can have the most comprehensive understanding possible. Our staff of editors and contributors is comprised of growing experts in their fields and have experience in both publishing and writing. Most importantly, we always invite—hope, actually—that you join the dialogue. Culture is the medium through which we see ourselves and the people and things we interact with. But, culture itself is ever-morphing, reiterating and evolving. We approach everything we write, record, and produce as an ongoing conversation between our readers and our writers.

We use Livefyre to provide a rich, real-time commenting platform so you can sound off your own ideas and opinions. We wanted to bring the real dialogue that accompanies cultural topics in the physical world to the web. Just as you might listen to an album and discuss its contents with friends, we encourage you to bring that conversation to The Airspace. To make it as easy as possible, you can sign into our comments system with your Twitter, Facebook, or Google account. No new registration is needed.

Quick reader’s guide to the site…

Blue Links lead to video that will display on your current page
Grey links will lead to other articles on the Airspace or our sources from around the web.
Some articles have readings by the writer.
There are many sliders on the site but not all of them auto scroll. Look for the prev/next icons.
If you have an opinion about something we write, add it to the conversation. The commenting system is so easy to use. Don’t let the opportunity pass.

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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