As you may know, this past week saw the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the world’s biggest annual gathering of all that is magical and new in the world of technology. While, as many of us do, I have some reservations about things like the conditions under which this stuff is made and the source of the materials involved, not to mention what happens to our gadgets once they’re obsolete in six months’ time, I do enjoy reading about the scene on the ground there.
As my go-to site for all things techie, Gawker Media’s Gizmodo covered the Show admirably this year, with a nice mix of informative, funny and just plain bizarre. My favorite post from the latest batch, however, has got to be Mat Honan’s Fever Dream of a Guilt-Ridden Gadget Reporter. While it has little to say about the products on display (at least specifically), it does what the best narrative journalism does, which is to convey the significance of a place and time through the experience of being there, as depressing and loathing-filled as that may actually be. It’s also pretty durn funny.