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Douglas McLennan

Doug is a longtime arts journalist, and the founder and editor of ArtsJournal.com, he's frequent keynoter on arts and digital issues, and works with a number of arts organizations nationally.

How Game Theory Explains QAnon’s Mass Conspiracy Delusions

The puzzles are often just a way of getting together. If Q drops some clues, then you have something to do and you have people to do it with. It’s bonding. The same reason puzzles are used in corporate team building exercises and party games.

Ski Superspreader? How Ill-Conceived State COVID Regulations are Failing Stevens Pass

The goal ought not to be merely following the letter of the regulations but making sure crowds don't accumulate, which is clearly the intention of the rules.

Now Our Machine Overlords Can Dance!

Robots are used everywhere now in industrial manufacturing, but as artificial intelligence begins to be integrated into the machines and they start to infiltrate our daily life, robot companies have a big conceptual challenge in shaping public perception.

The Virus Inside the COVID Relief Bill: A Copyright Bomb

Given the stakes, one would like to think that initiatives for reform for an industry that has invented itself and changed the world over the past 25 years would be thoughtful, targeted, and smart. Instead, we're now caught in a high stakes battle between Big T and Big E in which whoever has the ear of Congress will have the upper hand.

Post Alley Zoomcast: Seattle Arts and Surviving COVID

ArtsFund's Michael Greer, Seattle Theatre Group's Josh Labelle and Post Alley editor Douglas McLennan talk about the state of Seattle's arts community seven months into the COVID lockdown.

A New Funder Invests in the Future of Seattle Arts

All philanthropic support is not equal. And the pandemic lockdown demonstrates different approaches.

Reasonable Human Versus The Oleaginous Pence

While Trump tries to bludgeon you with brute force with his version of the world, Pence oozes over-the-top sincerity wrapped in a constant spew of faux flattery for the all-wise “American people.” While the styles are different, the intents are the same. The ever-obsequious Pence is, in fact, the almost perfect complement – the Mini-Me – to the crude and erratic Trump.

Lang Lang: A Goldberg Variations For Our Time

Surprise: A new recording of JS Bach's Goldberg Variations shows Lang Lang in a new light.

NPR Listenership Plunges, KING-FM on the Rise, and Other Evolving Media Habits

The COVID lockdown has meant less time in cars and cars are the place people listen to the radio.

The Arts Online: Ten Great YouTubes that wouldn’t have been made without Lockdown

Deprived of their usual performance venues, artists have turned to the internet to make and disseminate their art. The art is evolving quickly

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