Clive Thompson (journalist)

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Clive Johnson
Born 1968 (age 47–48)
Occupation Freelance journalist, blogger, writer
Spouse(s) Emily Nussbaum

Clive Thompson (born 1968) is a Canadian freelance journalist, blogger and science and technology writer.

Thompson graduated from the University of Toronto with majors in Political Science and English in 1992.[1] He previously worked for Canada's Report on Business magazine, This Magazine, and Shift magazine, then became a freelance contributor for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Lingua Franca, Wired, Shift, Entertainment Weekly and several other publications.

Thompson writes about digital technologies and their social and cultural impact for a number of publications, including the New York Times Magazine[2][3] and Wired.[4][5]

In 2002, he was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT.[6]

Thompson's blog, Collision Detection,[7] started in 2002 and attracts over 3000 hits a day.[8]

Thompson is married to former New York Magazine (and current New Yorker) TV critic Emily Nussbaum[9] and lives in Brooklyn.



  • Thompson, Clive (2013). Smarter than you think : how technology is changing our minds for the better. New York: Penguin. 



  1. ^ Nunes, Jacqueline. "What Makes Clive Run". Ryerson Review of Journalism. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Clive Thompson Archive – New York Magazine". Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  3. ^ "The Watson super computer – Future Tense – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  4. ^ "Games Without Frontiers". 13 February 2007. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  5. ^ "daily bizcard 14: clive thompson". gapingvoid. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  6. ^ "Knight Fellowships: 2002–03 Knight Fellows". Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  7. ^ "collision detection". collision detection. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  8. ^ "Inside the Story: Clive Thompson". Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  9. ^ "Emily Nussbaum Archive – New York Magazine". Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  10. ^ Wired often changes the title of a print article when it is published online. This article is titled "Washington Is Finally Learning That Technology Can't Be Contained" online.
  11. ^ Wired often changes the title of a print article when it is published online. This article is titled "This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading" online.