Brad King is an assistant professor of journalism at Ball State University. He earned his Master’s from the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2000, and went to work for Condé Nast’s Wired magazine before moving to its sister website Wired News, where he covered the convergence of technology and culture. In 2002 he co-authored Dungeons and Dreamers, a book on the history of computer games, virtual worlds and their effects on American culture for McGraw-Hill. In 2004, he was hired as the senior editor and producer for MIT’s Technology Review.
He’s currently on the advisory boards for South by Southwest Interactive Conference and Carnegie Mellon’s ETC Press.
John Borland has been writing about technology and its effects on popular culture, politics and communication for more than a decade.
A graduate of Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley’s Masters of Journalism program, he began his reporting career covering politics and elections for California Journal magazine in Sacramento.
With more than a a little geek in his blood, he migrated to the Internet early, working for CMP’s TechWeb and then CNET News.com for more than seven years. At CNET, he won a number of national and regional journalism awards, including the SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi prize, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ Best in Business award, and the Northern California SPJ’s Excellence in Journalism award.
In 2003, with co-author Brad King, he published Dungeons and Dreamers, tracing the long development of online, game-focused communities and their influence on the broader culture of technology.
Since 2006, he has lived in Berlin, Germany as a freelance journalist.