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Los Angeles, CA
Freelance Writer and Contributor — Fast Company
Covers:  travel, technology government policy, entertainment, arts and culture, technology privacy, technology security, technology culture, social media, start-ups

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Adam Popescu's Biography

I've worked in print, online, radio, everything but TV. I've also managed Twitter accounts for news organizations.

I respect the web, for its reach, and use social media as a platform, but marry those skills with the traditional journalism background of real writing and reporting.

I'm a graduate of Pitzer College (BA in creative writing) and have a master's in journalism from Syracuse University.

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What was your first job as a journalist?

Travel writer.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes.

How is social media changing news?

Social media has become the news. It's moved beyond a platform to share information to become one of the "news" topic of the last few years.

Keep Your Head Up

smashd.co — Let's play a game. You're sitting among a group of friends-better yet, you're with your significant other on a date night-how much time passes before one of you grabs your phone and looks down? "If that happens, that's when dinner ends," said Judith Martin, The Washington Post writer whose Miss Manners column is syndicated to 200 newspapers a week.
Feb 05, 2016

Why frequent slouching—and constant texting—can affect our moods and even make us depressed smashd.co/keep-your-head… pic.twitter.com/lESzPRsE8c

Take A Page From Meltdown

smashd.co — Book stores aren't supposed to exist anymore. Especially independent ones. The sad truth is that, at one point, Amazon and waning attention spans massacred these outlets, turning customers into e-shoppers and proprietors into paupers. Which is why exceptions have to be exceptional. Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard is one of those special misfits.

Log On, Plug In, Turn Up

smashd.co — I can't remember where I parked. Or the password to my Gmail account. Please don't ask me anybody's birthday, anniversary, their favorite anything -historical dates, trivia, geography, phone numbers. I don't remember any of these things and I barely have the attention span to read past a headline, let alone an article or a thick, printed book.
Jan 29, 2016

How The Internet Changes Our Memory smashd.co/log-on-plug-in… My new Nicholas Carr inspired column on digital culture pic.twitter.com/faGumQ3NLH

Feb 02, 2016

RT @lorikozlowski: Wonderful thought provocation by @adampopescu. "Log In, Plug In, Turn Up: How The Internet Is Changing Our Memory": smashd.co/log-on-plug-in…

What It's Like to Get a Pedicure as a Man

cosmopolitan.com — I glanced over at Chloe across the room - suddenly slightly annoyed - we weren't bonding, she was bonding with Mia! And I was stuck with someone who wouldn't even get off the phone while she worked on me. To my left, another staffer watched a soap opera on her iPhone.
Jan 28, 2016

Willing to bet my life no one has ever—EVER—read Cormac McCarthy while getting a pedicure cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/b… pic.twitter.com/OOdQSvXpMV

Making Good Music

smashd.co — Los Angeles and New Orleans couldn't be more different. Food, culture, fashion, music. But two artists from these disparate cities came together earlier this new year to put out a track called Bombs (Over Baghdad), a record that shows just how well diverse synergy can work.

All Grown Up: Tyler Oakley’s Peter Pan Evolution

smashd.co — Eighteen million subscribers, fans, and followers on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Oh yeah, and about three million more who gave a thumbs up on Facebook. Tyler Oakley has major online clout. That's a given. The unknown quantity is whether he'll be able to turn that legion into paying customers.

Bridge seen as key to mountain lion survival near L.A.

marketplace.org — Can a major carnivore live-and thrive-in a megacity? That's the question in Los Angeles, where a population of about a dozen mountain lions live on the city's outskirts. But with the lions essentially isolated by freeways, no lions can get in - or out. At least 12 have died trying to do so since 2002.
Jan 04, 2016

RT @Marketplace: Wildlife groups hope to raise $50 million to build a wildlife bridge over a freeway near L.A. mktplc.org/1P6NCEK

Jan 07, 2016

Pretty sure I planted the seed driving @adampopescu's mountain lion reporting in a late night conversation in 2010. goo.gl/nOqNTI

Feb 05, 2016

RT @JoeJacobi: Great story from my friend & fabulous journalist @adampopescu about mountain lions in LA - buff.ly/1OEqUI6 https://t…

Keeping A List, Checking It Twice

smashd.co — Micro-aggressions, trigger warnings, gender privilege. It seems these descriptors have never been more apropos. Some label this generation thin-skinned, but it's more voca l about inequality than any other. Yet bias is inherent in our DNA. Even as infants, we're wired to prefer people who look like us-both racially and gender wise.
Dec 15, 2015

7 of the top 20 grossing films had female-driven stories last yr. Meet 3 women changing film smashd.co/keeping-a-list… pic.twitter.com/vsbSnV4RqP

Dec 15, 2015

1.8% of the top 100 films of 2013/2014 were directed by women—why that's a problem and the people working for change smashd.co/keeping-a-list…

Homegrown Hero - Smashd - Tech

smashd.co — Modems, wireless routers, smartphone accessories-if you've got one, you probably have a Belkin product-and might not even know it. And that's okay with Chet Pipkin, the founder and CEO of one of the quietest, privately-owned, billion-dollar tech companies in Southern California.
Dec 04, 2015

You may not know this low-key tech billionaire, but I 'd bet $ you own some of his products smashd.co/homegrown-hero/ pic.twitter.com/n5Ogg6H4Sm

Mob Boss To Tech Boss

smashd.co — He's peddled pharmaceuticals to Tony Soprano, been a Napa Valley wine snob, even played jailer to one of Tony Stark's biggest enemies. Philippe Bergeron has lived dozens of lives on-screen, as an actor. But in real life, he's a complete character whose arc has come full circle.
Dec 02, 2015

From The Sopranos to running a 3D startup "James Gandolfini scared the living hell outta me" smashd.co/mob-boss-to-te… pic.twitter.com/n8IhqHEnim

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Feb 08, 2016

RT @karihow: Another quote, @RenardFantastiq: "What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

Feb 05, 2016

RT @JoeJacobi: Great story from my friend & fabulous journalist @adampopescu about mountain lions in LA - buff.ly/1OEqUI6 https://t…

Feb 05, 2016

@Zella17 I think it's truly cognitive dissonance, a see-no-evil, feel-no-evil mentality that most of us have there...

Feb 05, 2016

@awallenstein bordering on blasphemy, could be the best thing for the club—playing so well without him

Feb 05, 2016

Why frequent slouching—and constant texting—can affect our moods and even make us depressed smashd.co/keep-your-head… pic.twitter.com/lESzPRsE8c


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