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NYT Blogger and New Author Nick Bilton Talks About the Future (Where He Apparently Lives)

Yesterday, BoomTown headed on down to the metalish-tube-clad HQ of the New York Times (NYT) to pay a visit on “Bits” head blogger Nick Bilton.

Bilton, who is one of the few tech reporters with programming cred, brings a geek-flavored sensibility to the newspaper’s online tech coverage.

Consider a recent story about a product called E-mail Classifier with the adorkable lede:

“My e-mail inbox is a dejected, endless morass. It’s a desolate wasteland of unanswered messages that continue to appear like a never ending game of Tetris.”

Happily, the tone of his new book–“I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted”–is much more tech-friendly.

In fact, he said in a chat yesterday, one of its aims is to beat back some of the scarier books blaming the dumbing-down Internet for everything except the BP oil spill.

Here is my video interview with Bilton at the Times’ cafeteria about the book, which comes out in a few weeks:


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— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald