Douglas McLennan

Doug is a longtime journalist who writes about journalism, the arts and technology. He's the editor and the founder and editor of ArtsJournal.com and co-founder and editor of Post Alley. He's a frequent keynoter on arts and digital issues, and works and consults for a number of arts and news organizations nationally.

Bumbershoot: Down for the Count?

The fact that a whole year has gone by, during which the public has heard and seen nothing, and a committee to “advise” on the future of Bumbershoot is only now being formed -- is an indication that there’s no creative spark at the center of this reinvention.

A Lifelong Search for Genius

Can we reduce "genius" to an equation? Here's the fun story of the Yale professor who tried.

Oh, Cruel! Comcast Breaks up with Fox News?

Post Alley has managed to get its hands on a fake confidential memo from the CEO of Comcast to the leadership of Fox News

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.

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