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VIDEO: A conversation with New York Times writer John Markoff

Reporter, author and Palo Alto native talks journalism, tech, cycling

In this "First Person" interview, John Markoff, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times senior writer and author, talks with Lisa Van Dusen about growing up in Palo Alto, covering Silicon Valley for more than 30 years and his current interest in artificial intelligence and robotics -- the "next big thing."

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Posted by Harold Burstyn
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2014 at 5:28 am

I met John Markoff when he came east to cover the trial of Robert T. Morris for launching the Internet worm. I, too, wrote articles about the trial, a short one for the Jpurnal of the American Bar Association and a long one for Harvard Magazine.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on May 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm

I'm not a big Markoff fan. Most of Markoff's writing about hacker Kevin Mitnick was pretty over-hyped and clouded in ethical controversy. If you want to hear Mitnick's side, be sure to read Jonathan Littman's "The Fugative Game" which is a much better story than Markoff's "Takedown" wriiten with Tsutomu Shimomura. Mitnick has a great story to tell, Shimomura's isn't even interesting.

Markoff's Pulilzer was shared with a group of reporters at the New York Times. Their series of articles covered the business practices of Apple and their subcontractor's treatment of workers in China.

Like most journalists, Markoff seems to have trouble telling a story that doesn't have clear delineation between winners and losers, or good guys and bad guys.


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Posted by Messy
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Joe, maybe because there isn't always a clear delineation between winners and losers. Reality is often much more messy than ideology would insist it should be.


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