Jason Snell

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Jason Snell
Jason Snell at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 Day 3.jpg
Born (1970-10-06) October 6, 1970 (age 47)
Oakland, California
Nationality American
Website sixcolors.com

Jason Snell (born October 6, 1970 in Oakland, California) is an American writer, editor, and podcaster whose professional career has been spent covering Apple Inc.'s Macintosh computers and related technologies, and pop culture. He was also one of the early users of the Internet as a publishing medium, with several magazines and web sites to his credit. He was the editorial director of Mac Publishing, the publishers of the U.S. edition of Macworld, and he maintains a monthly column in that magazine.

In 2014 Snell left Macworld and created Six Colors, a website to continue covering technology and Apple products.[1] He owns and operates a podcast network, The Incomparable, focused on pop culture discussions and game shows.[2][3] In 2006 the MDJ Power 25, a poll of Mac-industry-watchers, named him the 6th most powerful/influential person in the world of Macintosh computing.[4] (In the previous poll, Snell had been 11th.[5])

Biography[edit]

Snell grew up in the small town of Sonora, California, graduating from Sonora High School in 1988. He attended Revelle College at the University of California, San Diego, working for three years on the staff of the UCSD Guardian newspaper.

In 1991, while at UCSD, Snell founded InterText, an early Internet-based magazine, which was originally distributed via FTP and e-mail in plain-text and PostScript formats. (It was preceded by several groundbreaking Internet fiction magazines, including David 'Orny' Liscomb's FSFNet; Jim McCabe's Athene; and Daniel K. Appelquist's science-fiction magazine Quanta.) InterText published hundreds of short stories in various genres until it ceased publication in 2004.

Snell graduated in 1992 with a degree in Communication. In 1994 he received a master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

Technology journalism[edit]

In 1994 Snell began working at the U.S. edition of MacUser magazine, beginning his career writing about the Macintosh computer. When MacUser was bought and absorbed into Macworld in 1997,[6] Snell moved with the magazine and became a significant Macworld staff member. He ultimately took the position of Editorial Director at the magazine's publisher IDG,[7] before departing the company in 2014.

In 1996, he co-founded Internet humor and commentary site TeeVee.org, which lives on through the podcast of the same name.

Snell left his editorial position at Macworld in 2014[8] and created Six Colors, a website where he and his former Macworld colleague Dan Moren write about technology, Apple products, and podcasting.[9]

Podcasting[edit]

In 2010 Snell began recording and broadcasting The Incomparable! podcast,[10] a weekly panel show discussing aspects and works of pop culture. The show soon expanded into an eponymous network[11][12] which now hosts more than twenty shows from a variety of contributors.[13] Snell also co-hosts the Relay FM podcasts Download, Free Agents, Liftoff, and Upgrade.[14]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife and two children.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goodbye, Macworld". The Verge. 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  2. ^ "Jason Snell LIVE Chat on Product Hunt". Product Hunt. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  3. ^ "How Jason Snell podcasts". iMore. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  4. ^ 2005-06 MDJ Power 25 Poll
  5. ^ 2004 MDJ Power 25 Poll
  6. ^ "MacUser (US edition)". Wikipedia. 2017-01-23. 
  7. ^ "Jason Snell". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  8. ^ "Goodbye, Macworld". The Verge. 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  9. ^ "Apple Watch: Six Colors's excellent FAQ". iMore. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  10. ^ "We'll Always Have Zeppelins (The Incomparable 1)". The Incomparable. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  11. ^ "The Interview Show Ep. 6 - Jason Snell of Six Colors". PhillyTech.org - Netcast Network. 2014-11-25. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  12. ^ "Jason Snell's sweet Mac setup – The Sweet Setup". The Sweet Setup. 2014-05-21. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  13. ^ "The Incomparable - All Shows". www.theincomparable.com. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  14. ^ FM, Relay. "Jason Snell - Relay FM". Relay FM. Retrieved 2018-02-23. 
  15. ^ Snell, Jason. "Jason Snell". Intertext. Retrieved 2014-12-23. 

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