David Auerbach

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David Auerbach
Alma mater Yale University
Genre non-fiction

David Auerbach is an American writer with a background in software engineering.[1][2] He has written on a variety of subjects, including social issues and popular culture, the environment, computer games and literature.


A graduate of Yale University,[3] Auerbach is a former columnist for Slate magazine,[4] an editorial blogger at Reuters[5] and a contributor to The American Reader.[6]

Auerbach was a fellow at the think tank New America.[3]

In an article for Slate, Auerbach expressed criticism of facilitated communication, referring to it as a pseudoscience.[7][8][9]

Auerbach has written on what he calls "A-culture", associated with anonymous online forums like Encyclopedia Dramatica and 4chan.[10][11]

In 2017, BuzzFeed alleged that email correspondence between Auerbach and Milo Yiannopoulos included Auerbach sharing information on the love life of Gamergate target Anita Sarkeesian.[10][12] Auerbach disputed the BuzzFeed article's statements about him.[4]



  1. ^ O'Callaghan, Jonathan (19 June 2015). "Will YOUR child witness the end of humanity? Mankind will be extinct in 100 years because of climate change, warns expert". Daily Mail. Retrieved 17 April 2016. engineer and science writer David Auerbach has reiterated the doom-laden warning 
  2. ^ Staff (12 February 2014). ""Robot Odyssey", le jeu d'ordinateur le plus difficile de tous les temps" ["Robot Odyssey," the most difficult computer game of all time]. Atlantico (in French). Archived from the original on 2016-04-14. C'est l'opinion de l'Américain David Auerbach, écrivain et ingénieur logiciel. 
  3. ^ a b "David B. Auerbach". New America. 
  4. ^ a b Shane, Ryan (6 October 2017). "Former Slate Writer David Auerbach, Alleged Breitbart Ratfink, Teaches Us the Worst Possible Way to Handle Valid Criticism". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Auerbach, David. "A child born today may live to see humanity's end, unless…". Reuters Blogs. Archived from the original on 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  6. ^ Auerbach, David. "Review: Thomas Pynchon's "Bleeding Edge"". The American Reader. Archived from the original on 2016-09-09. Retrieved 2016-04-24. 
  7. ^ Auerbach, David (12 November 2015). "Facilitated communication pseudoscience harms people with disabilities". Slate.com. Archived from the original on 2015-11-12. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Singal, Jesse (16 Nov 2015). "A Sad, Enraging Story About the Pseudoscience of Facilitated Communication". New York. Archived from the original on 2016-09-09. facilitated communication, the subject of a long, must-read article by David Auerbach 
  9. ^ Elliott, James (20 Jul 2016). "The Battle Over a Controversial Method for Autism Communication". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on 2016-09-09. Retrieved 23 August 2016. SWIFT, which includes recommended materials that some, including the Slate columnist David Auerbach, allege are almost indistinguishable from FC 
  10. ^ a b Spencer, Keith A. (October 6, 2017). "Liberal journalists reportedly sent tips to Breitbart — now they're scrambling". Salon. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  11. ^ Auerbach, David. "Anonymity as Culture - Treatise". Triple Canopy. 
  12. ^ Bernstein, Joseph (5 October 2017). "Alt-White: How the Breitbart Machine laundered Racist Hate". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 

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