dan tynan on Jan 22 2008
Dan Tynan has been writing and editing stories about technology and its discontents for more than 20 years. During that time he’s been an editor in chief and an executive editor for national magazines, written for more than 60 publications, and taken home a closet full of awards. He is also the author of Computer Privacy Annoyances, soon to be a major motion picture starring Ashton Kutcher. (No, not really. But some people will believe anything.)
As Executive Editor for PC World, Tynan edited a series of articles on Internet privacy that became a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 1999. (They lost to a Good Housekeeping series on Katie Couric’s colon.) In 2002, he wrote a feature for Popular Science on the future of airport security, part of a 9/11 anniversary issue that was also nominated for an ‘Ellie’. (Scientific American won that one).
Tynan earned consecutive Maggies from the Western Publications Association for his CNET.com column, Inside @ccess. He’s won something like 8 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards for investigative journalism and privacy-related articles, including the Grand Neal in 1999. He’s also shared in awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, Computer Press Association, and others he can no longer recall.
Tynan has appeared on CNN, CBS, NPR, and a raft of local TV and radio stations, and has been quoted on technology issues in the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. His work has appeared in Wired, Family Circle, InfoWorld, Men’s Fitness, Newsweek, Playboy.com, and a small flotilla of magazines with “PC” or “Computer” in the title. Tynan wrote PC World’s Gadget Freak column for five years, as well as Our Digital Life for US Airways Magazine. He pens a pseudonymous blog for Infoworld.com, where he’s also responsible for producing a weekly news quiz.
More important: He and partner JR (“Don’t call me junior”) Raphael have recently launched eSarcasm (“Geek Humor Gone Wild”), a wildly funny Web site that will also soon be a major motion picture starring Ashton Kutcher.
Yet he remains a humble scribe, working for relative peanuts and the fleeting adoration of the Web-surfing public. To learn more about Dan visit the web site of Tynanwood Inc., a burgeoning new media empire run by himself and his lovely/talented wife, Christina Wood (also an award-winning journalist); his Wikipedia page; or his Media Bistro profile.
Tynan is an officer of Tynanwood Inc., whose properties include TynanWood Omnimedia (TWO) and the TynanWood Institute for Technology (TWIT). He spends the rest of his time on Facebook, where his avatar is much younger and better looking than he is.
Contact him thusly: himself (at) dantynan (dot) com