Adrienne LaFrance

Adrienne LaFrance is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Technology Channel. Previously she worked as an investigative reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat, Nieman Journalism Lab, and WBUR

The Evolution of Chat

New features in software programs like Slack let people go on tangents and have side conversations more easily—more like talking out loud.

The First Pop-Up Ad

A man who has spent the last decade trying to make the Internet better tells the story of how he launched one of the most hated online features. 

The Weird Power and Liability of Incumbency in Hawaii

The state's voters used to revere longtime officeholders. On Saturday, that changed, when the state's governor, Neil Abercrombie, lost in an unprecedented upset—but the man he controversially handpicked as U.S. senator may win.

The Evolution of Slang

For a century and a half, The New York Times has been earnestly—and hilariously—defining topical terms. 

The Quarantine Next Door

Sickness-related isolation used to involve banishing patients to islands; now the ill are kept separate in our midst.