The Daily Dot Launches New Opinion Section for Internet Issues

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Hanne Tidnam joins team as Opinion Editor of the Hometown Newspaper of the World Wide Web

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We want our Opinion Section to be a beacon of intellectual thought, humor, and debate about Web culture in all its forms, and to attract the voices that will change and impact those discussions."

The Daily Dot, the Hometown Newspaper of the World Web, today launched its new Opinion Section. The website is also proud to announce the hiring of Hanne Tidnam as Opinion Editor.

The Daily Dot’s Opinion section will provide a platform for substantive discussion about the issues and topics that affect those of us online and the communities that the website covers. It will feature leading experts and fresh voices from around the world and the World Wide Web, presenting important viewpoints and inviting dialogue.

“In the same way that local newspapers advocate and provide the forum for debate about the issues that affect the communities they cover, we feel is it part of our journalistic mission to provide the same forum for our communities. Whether it’s about internet rights, privacy issues, offline/online cultural transitions, or topics concerning the communities themselves, we want to create that space where these important topics are being discussed with the credible, rigorous debate that they deserve,” said Nicholas White, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Dot.

As the paper of record for the Internet, the Daily Dot’s mission is to bring the vigorous integrity of true journalism to the online communities where we increasingly live our lives. The Daily Dot views part of that mission as serving as responsible advocates for the internet culture of which we are a part, and the new Opinion section furthers that goal.

Hanne Tidnam will serve as the Daily Dot’s new Opinion Editor. She joins the Daily Dot editorial team most recently from Princeton University Press, where she served as a Senior Editor for Literature and Art.

Tidman’s previous publishing industry expertise brings new possibilities to the Dot, and taking the reins of our new Opinion Section is an interesting opportunity to combine her traditional industry insight with the website’s digital-first emphasis as the Hometown Newspaper of the World Wide Web.

“We want our Opinion Section to be a beacon of intellectual thought, humor, and debate about Web culture in all its forms, and to attract the voices that will change and impact those discussions. We are thrilled about the number of high-caliber writers and thinkers that we have scheduled to contribute,” says Tidnam.

The Daily Dot Opinion section will feature initial contributions from Jim Cuno, president and CEO of the Getty Foundation, writing on how art historians are failing to use the the web to revolutionize their field, and research; Martin Rees, one of our greatest scientific minds and winner of the Isaac Newton medal, discussing the future of science in the age of crowdsourcing; Walter Benn Michaels, polarizing literary theorist, writing on the Internet’s reaction to affirmative action; an inside account and personal memoir of a notorious Twitter hacker; and many more.

New series in the Opinion section will include regular columns such as Ask Electra, an agony aunt for your digital dilemmas; Archaeology of the Internet, looking back at the Web’s early days; essays on broad subjects such as virality, nostalgia, and time; and The Way We Think series, which looks at what happens when you get past the buzzwords and take a broader look at what the Internet is actually doing to transform our culture, our research, our tastes, and our ideas in all areas: science, literary criticsm, photography, food blogging, biology, art history, wine, travel.

The Daily Dot launched in August, 2011, by founders Nicholas White, Nova Spivack and Josh Jones-Dilworth. In July, 2012, the Dot surpassed its key milestone of attracting 1MM unique visitors per month and continues to see impressive growth. The website covers Web culture and online communities such as Reddit, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Etsy, Reddit, and more.

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About the Daily Dot

The Daily Dot is the hometown newspaper of the World Wide Web. The Dot reports on Web communities, from Facebook to Tumblr to Reddit, in the way a traditional community newspaper might report from Austin, TX, or Charlotte, NC.

Built on the pioneering news platform, Armstrong CMS, and with a firm commitment to data-driven journalism, the Daily Dot reports on the most important and relevant topics from within online communities and allows readers to access the stories across multiple platforms, where they live, online. The company was founded in 2010 by CEO, Nicholas White, and Co-founders, Nova Spivack and Josh Jones-Dilworth.

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