Philip Elmer-DeWitt

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt (born September 8, 1949) is an American writer and editor. He was Time's first computer writer—producing much of the magazine's early coverage of personal computers and the Internet[1]—and for 12 years its science editor.[2] He is currently writing a daily blog about Apple Inc. called Apple 3.0.[3]


Elmer-DeWitt was born in Boston and raised on Moon Hill Rd. in Lexington, Massachusetts. He graduated from Oberlin College and studied English literature at the University of California, Berkeley and journalism at Columbia University.[4] He worked as a computer programmer and technical writer for Bolt Beranek and Newman[5] in the late '60s, wrote mathematical games for McGraw-Hill in the early 1970s and copy-edited textbooks and scientific monographs for Academic Press in the late '70s.[citation needed]

Career highlights[edit]

Elmer-DeWitt joined TIME in 1979 and wrote nearly 500 stories for the magazine, including a dozen cover stories. He launched two sections—Computers and Technology—before being made a senior editor. He edited more than 150 Time cover stories, including the issues that named AIDS researcher David Ho Time's 1996 Man of the Year and Albert Einstein the Person of the Century. His interviews include Steve Jobs,[6] Bill Gates,[7] William Gibson,[8] Elmore Leonard,[9] and Anita Roddick.[10] He was also the author of the controversial Cyberporn cover story.[11] In commenting on that episode, Declan McCullagh excoriated Elmer-DeWitt for multiple "misrepresentations and errors," "logical fallacies," reporting in a "deceptive manner," and "[refusing] to acknowledge the many errors" in the story.[12]

Elmer-DeWitt helped start,[1] and organized[13] TIME -sponsored scientific conferences on genetics[14] (2003), obesity[15] (2004) and global health.[16]

In January 2007, he joined Josh Quittner at Business 2.0, another Time Inc. publication, as that magazine's executive editor.[17] In February, he launched[18] a blog called Apple 2.0: Mac news from outside the reality distortion field. When Time Inc. folded Business 2.0 in September 2007,[19] he worked briefly for Fortune magazine[20] before retiring from Time Inc. in May 2008[21] to write full-time for the web, first for, then in 2016 for himself. He moved to Western Massachusetts in 2014[22] and launched Apple 3.0 on April 1, 2016.[23]

Select works from Time[edit]


  1. ^ a b TIME Publisher's Letter 7/3/1995
  2. ^ "Index of /talkingbiznews".
  3. ^ Peter Kafka (14 March 2016). "Fortune Apple Writer Philip Elmer-DeWitt Leaves, Starts His Own Site - Re/code". Re/code.
  4. ^ New York Times 3/13/1983
  5. ^ Feurzeig et al. 1971
  6. ^ "Steve Jobs: Apple's Anti-Gates". 7 December 1998. Archived from the original on June 16, 2007.
  7. ^ "INTERVIEW with Bill Gates: Hard Drive". 5 June 1995. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
  8. ^ Welcome to Cyberspace,
  9. ^ "10 Questions for Elmore Leonard". 12 June 2005. Archived from the original on March 6, 2008.
  10. ^ Anita Roddick article.
  11. ^ Cyberporn cover story.
  12. ^ Declah McCullagh, "TIME Magazine's Moral Mazes," undated article available through Electronic Frontier Foundation.
  13. ^ Kelly, James (October 30, 2005). "Journalism That Makes a Difference". Time. Archived from the original on November 1, 2005. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  14. ^ Next Stop: The Future of Life - TIME
  15. ^ The New Battle of the Bulge - TIME
  16. ^ [1] (2005)
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2007-04-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Bacons The Navigator 2007
  18. ^ TBN Business 2.0 bloggers get first checks 4/5/2007
  19. ^ New York Times 9/5/2007
  20. ^ New York Post 9/7/2007
  21. ^ New York Post 6/6/2008
  22. ^ Davis, Richie (2017-10-14). "In retirement, Greenfield man's blog covers the up-and-downs of Apple".
  23. ^ Philip Elmer-DeWitt (31 March 2016). "Happy Birthday Apple, Goodbye Time Inc". Fortune.
  24. ^ "Summit to Save the Earth: Rich vs. Poor". 1 June 1992. Archived from the original on April 8, 2008.
  25. ^ "Behavior: Now for the Truth About Americans and Sex". 17 October 1994. Archived from the original on March 29, 2007.
  26. ^ "Fat Times What health craze?". 16 January 1995. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
  27. ^ "Treating Infertility: Making Babies". 30 September 1991. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
  28. ^ "Bards Of the Internet". 4 July 1994. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
  29. ^ "BILL GATES: MINE, ALL MINE". 5 June 1995. Archived from the original on December 31, 2006.
  30. ^ "Battle For The Soul Of The Internet".
  31. ^ "Internet Article TIME International".

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