Why Ditherati?

Because digerati say the cutest things – for example, comparing the march of silicon across our desks to a Bengali typhoon. It’s enough to make you giggle.

But no one is stating the obvious: the emperor may have no clothes, but his PR agency will surely be placing soft-focus stories on how nudity’s the in thing before he’s taken two free-and-breezy steps.

In an age of infoglut, power is increasingly mediated. And the moist, fetid environment of instant news spreads bad ideas like the avian flu.

The good news is that such an environment breeds scavengers and parasites. That’s where Ditherati comes in, offering you a quote a day from the world of new media, and our take thereon.

As technology wars move from product to propaganda, and CEOs like Scott McNealy describe their responsibilities solely as being “quote machines” for the press, Ditherati intends to throw a wrench or two in the works – if not a Molotov cocktail.


Terry Colon of Suck.com, for the truly fabulous logo and illustration that adorns Ditherati’s front door, and for generally being my hero.

Paul Boutin, for offering late-night suggestions, guest editing, and moral support. And thanks to Carl for getting me into all this trouble in the first place.

Cliff Skolnick, for hosting Ditherati’s mailing list and providing other technical assistance. Cliff rocks, y’all.

Heather Havrilesky, for making me read too many magazines and not completely crushing my dreams.

Mark Durham, editor to the stars. Quis ipsos custodes custodiet? Mark Durham, that’s who.


Laurel Wellman chronicled Ditherati’s fifth anniversary. Thanks go to Paul Boutin and Christina Noren for hosting the event.

Ditherati was chosen as the Cruel Site of the Day on 13 August 1997, and the Cool Site of the Day on 29 August 1997.

The Houston Chronicle reviewed Ditherati, and actually seemed to grok our sitegeist. Not bad for dead-tree media.

Fast Company declared Ditherati a mailing list they can’t live without. We’re honored, but doesn’t that sound a bit codependent?

General inquiries

If you want to talk to the team behind Ditherati, you can send email. No, we’re not interested in your press releases, books to review, or personal problems.


If you’re interested in sponsoring Ditherati, please contact us.

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