I’m a writer, editor, and blogger from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My writing is focused on the confluence of art, culture, and politics in American society and has been published by Esquire, Spin, Good , Swindle, and Colorlines, among other print and digital publications. I’m a blogger at Forbes, where I write about media consumption and the  commercialization (and exploitation) of culture. I’m also a senior editor at Computerlove, where I report on art and design and curate the online publication’s interview series. Prior to that, I was a contributing editor at Thought Catalog and worked as a contributing writer at True/Slant. I’ve appeared as a commentator on Austria’s FM4 radio and I’m the editor of Young & Reckless, an anthology of narrative nonfiction and progressive visual art.

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Selected Writings

How ‘Juggalo Journalism’ Became Post-Empire America’s New Beat
Publication: Forbes.com (September 29, 2011)
Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewnewton/2011/09/29/how-juggalo-journalism-became-post-empire-americas-new-beat/

Selling The New Cool: Inside The World Of ‘Influencers’
Publication: Forbes.com (September 7, 2011)
Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewnewton/2011/09/07/selling-the-new-cool-inside-the-world-of-influencers/

The Curious Case of ESPN The Magazine‘s White Michael Vick
Publication: Forbes.com (August 25, 2011)
Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewnewton/2011/08/25/the-curious-case-of-espn-the-magazines-white-michael-vick/

Levi’s Latest ‘Go Forth’ Ad Romanticizes Youth Riots At The Wrong Time
Publication: Forbes.com (August 10, 2011)
Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewnewton/2011/08/10/levis-latest-go-forth-ad-romanticizes-youth-riots-at-the-wrong-time/

How The Media Reacted To News Of A Non-White Spider-Man
Publication: Forbes.com (August 4, 2011)
Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewnewton/2011/08/04/how-the-media-reacted-to-news-of-a-non-white-spider-man/

How Sitcoms Promote ‘Socially Sanctioned’ Homophobia
Publication: Forbes.com (July 26, 2011)
Link: http://blogs.forbes.com/matthewnewton/2011/07/26/how-sitcoms-promote-socially-sanctioned-homophobia/

American Apparel’s Near-Death Experience, Starring Dov Charney
Publication: Forbes.com (July 15, 2011)
Link: http://blogs.forbes.com/matthewnewton/2011/07/15/american-apparels-near-death-experience-starring-dov-charney/

Does The Social Mapping Of Celebrity Death Sites Translate To Pageviews, Revenue
Publication: Forbes.com (June 30, 2011)
Link: http://blogs.forbes.com/matthewnewton/2011/06/30/does-the-social-mapping-of-celebrity-death-sites-translate-to-pageviews-revenue/

Reporters Without Borders Uses Perverse Censorship To Defend Freedom Of Speech
Publication: Forbes.com (June 24, 2011)
Link: http://blogs.forbes.com/matthewnewton/2011/06/24/reporters-without-borders-uses-perverse-censorship-to-defend-freedom-of-speech/

‘Hahn’s Homeboyz’: When Political Ads Intentionally Stoke Controversy
Publication: Forbes.com (June 17, 2011)
Link: http://blogs.forbes.com/matthewnewton/2011/06/17/hahns-homeboyz-when-political-attack-ads-intentionally-stoke-controversy/

Time Seeks Young Male Readers With Its Apocalyptic Ad Campaign
Publication: Forbes.com (June 13, 2011)
Link: http://blogs.forbes.com/matthewnewton/2011/06/13/time-seeks-young-male-readers-with-its-apocalyptic-ad-campaign/

Post-Mortem Social Media Promises Digital Immortality
Publication: Thought Catalog (May 13, 2011)
Link: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2011/post-mortem-social-media-promises-digital-immortality/

Notes on Osama bin Laden’s Death Party
Publication: Thought Catalog (May 2, 2011)
Link: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2011/scenes-from-osama-bin-ladens-death-party/

A Tale of Two Googles: Race, Labor, and Hierarchy in the Digital Age
Publication: Thought Catalog (March 17, 2011)
Link: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2011/a-tale-of-two-googles-race-labor-and-hierarchy-in-the-digital-age/

Narcissism Inc.: A Look Inside Ark Music’s Fantasy Factory
Publication: Thought Catalog (March 17, 2011)
Link: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2011/a-look-inside-ark-musics-factory-farm/

2010

The Year Detroit Was Taken Off Death Watch
Publication: The Bygone Bureau (December 10, 2010)
Link: http://bygonebureau.com/2010/12/10/the-year-detroit/

The White Lines of Suburban Exile
Publication: Thought Catalog (November 16, 2010)
Link: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2010/the-white-lines-of-eastern-exile/

The (Artistic) Upside of the BP Oil Spill
Publication: Esquire (September 9, 2010)
Link: http://www.esquire.com/the-side/feature/bp-oil-spill-artwork-090910

Porn in the U.S.A.: Turning Sarah Palin, Tiger Woods into Cold Hard Cash
Publication: Thought Catalog (August 4, 2010)
Link: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2010/sarah-palin-tiger-woods-porn-cold-hard-cash-in-the-usa/

Corporate Takeover: The Inherent Distrust of Subsidized Creativity
Publication: Thought Catalog (August, 3, 2010)
Link: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2010/corporate-takeover-glengarry-glenn-ross-coke-burn/

Art Crime: Graffiti Wars
Publication: The Crime Report (February 22, 2010)
Link: http://thecrimereport.org/2010/02/22/art-crime-graffiti-wars/

Why the incarceration of Lil Wayne may be worth more than his freedom
Publication: True/Slant (February 5, 2010)
Link: http://trueslant.com/matthewnewton/2010/02/05/how-the-incarceration-of-lil-wayne-may-be-worth-more-than-his-freedom/

Police Brutality Breeds Public Outrage After Pittsburgh Teen’s Beating
Publication: Colorlines (February 1, 2010)
Link: http://colorlines.com/archives/2010/02/police_brutality_breeds_public_outrage_after_pittsburgh_teens_beating.html

2009

Crazed Kanye West, Naked Lady Gaga
Publication: Colorlines (December 23, 2009)
Link: http://colorlines.com/archives/2009/12/crazed_kanye_west_and_naked_lady_gaga_where_have_we_seen_this_before.html

‘Animals in the hood’: L.A. Gang Tours ‘zooify’ citizens living in poverty
Publication: True/Slant (December 14, 2009)
Link: http://trueslant.com/matthewnewton/2009/12/14/animals-in-the-hood-l-a-gang-tours-zoo-ify-citizens-living-in-poverty/

RJD2 Takes Ownership of his Music
Publication: PSFK (August, 21, 2009)
Link: http://www.psfk.com/2009/08/rjd2-takes-ownership-of-his-music.html

Detroit Unreal Estate Agency
Publication: PSFK (July 21, 2009)
Link: http://www.psfk.com/2009/07/detroit-unreal-estate-agency.html

The Arnsberg Miracle Tree
Publication: PSFK (July 16, 2009)
Link: http://www.psfk.com/2009/07/the-arnsberg-miracle-tree.html

MTV pulls video, claiming ‘suicidal undertones would be problematic’
Publication: True/Slant (May 21, 2009)
Link: http://trueslant.com/matthewnewton/2009/05/21/mtv-pulls-video-claiming-suicidal-undertones-would-be-problematic/

The Memory War
Publication: Good (March 30, 2009)
Link: http://www.good.is/post/the-memory-war/

2008

Special Report: Is Sampling Dead?
Publication: Spin (November 21, 2008)
Link: http://www.spin.com/articles/sampling-dying?page=0%2C0

The Inquisition: Girl Talk
Publication: Spin (September 22, 2008)
Link: http://www.spin.com/articles/inquisition-girl-talk

RZA: Beyond Shaolin
Publication: XLR8R (September 10, 2008)
Link: http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2008/09/rza-beyond-shaolin

2007

Art Company, Inc.
Publication: Next American City (December 2007)
Link: http://americancity.org/magazine/article/art-company-inc-newton/

The Redemption of David Choe
Publication: Juxtapoz (January 2007)
Link: http://matthewnewton.us/node/661

American Twilight
Publication: Swindle (September 2007)
Link: http://matthewnewton.us/node/91

2006

Programmed Perfection
Publication: Pittsburgh City Paper (February, 26, 2006)
Link: http://matthewnewton.us/node/85

Pedal-Powered Revolution
Publication: Anthem (January 2006)
Link: http://matthewnewton.us/node/674

2005

Writers’ Bloc
Publication: Pittsburgh City Paper (November 24, 2005)
Link: http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A29161

Eve of Destruction
Publication: Swindle (December 2005)
Link: http://matthewnewton.us/node/138

Team Sleep: Not your little brother’s Deftones
Publication: Pittsburgh City Paper (June 30, 2005)
Link: http://matthewnewton.us/node/643

Boxbots
Publication: Swindle (June 1, 2005)
Link: http://swindlemagazine.com/issue04/box-bots/

Aesop Rock: Labor Days
Publication: Pittsburgh City Paper (March, 21, 2005)
Link: http://matthewnewton.us/node/130

2004

Múm: Summer Made Good
Publication: Pittsburgh City Paper (July 15, 2004)
Link: http://matthewnewton.us/node/653