What is Edgerunner Mag?
This is a newsletter about tech news, geek entertainment and politics which regularly includes a healthy dose of journalism critique and media deconstruction. It is written by veteran tech journalist Fabian A. Scherschel. Fab grew tired of newsroom politics and a lack of journalistic integrity at a big tech publication and left to strike out as a freelance journalist and podcaster. A part of this effort is this newsletter, which grew out of an earlier, more short-form version that was published almost every weekday for over a year. The current incarnation is released less frequently and focuses on longer, more in-depth pieces.
An edgerunner is a kind of freelance mercenary in the Cyberpunk universe created by Mike Pondsmith. Someone who lives on the edge between giant corporations, politicians and the criminal underworld, constantly trying not to get crushed by forces more powerful than them and barely scraping by. They have no loyalties other to themselves and their friends, and as such, can do and say what they want at all times. Everyone else is always out to get them anyway. I find it is a fitting analogy to the life of a freelance journalist these days.
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