Travel journalism, social media thought pieces, startup coverage & more

An author, journalist and blogger, JD has written in a wide variety of venues. His articles have appeared in Salon, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Seattle Times, Harvard’s Nieman Reports, Legal Affairs, Industry Standard, Skeptical Inquirer, many other publications. Here’s a sampling:


JD’s debut novel, a DNA thriller, will be out in early 2018. Sign up to get notified.



JD is the author of “Darknet: Hollywood’s War Against the Digital Generation” (Wiley & Sons) and three books for the Aspen Institute. See those titles and JD’s book reviews on the Books page.

Florenza, a street merchant I met in Cusco, Peru.

Travel journalism

JD is Editor in Chief of the online travel publication Cruiseable. He has written scores of travel destination features, ship reviews and consumer advice articles and created dozens of Visual Stories. See his travel stories portfolio.

Roberta Vasconcellos, CEO of the startup BeerOrCoffee, at Google Demo Day.

Social media, online marketing & startup coverage

As the founder of Socialmedia.biz, JD has written dozens of articles about how brands, startups, bloggers and others can capture mind share online. See his Socialmedia.biz portfolio.


Journalism & new media

JD has written extensively about new media and journalism, technology, startups and other topics.

NTC session
At the NTC session on social data (Photo by JD Lasica).

Nonprofit articles

As the founder of Socialbrite, JD wrote extensively about the nonprofit world. See his Socialbrite portfolio.

A robot from White Box Robotics.

Engadget columns

JD was a columnist for Engadget, the world’s top online consumer electronics review site, from 2004 to 2005. See his interviews with tech and Silicon Valley CEOs during that special time.

Baby Bobby.

Parenting articles

JD was Editorial Director of BabyCenter and wrote articles with parenting tips and advice after the birth of his son.


And then there’s this blog (see categories in the right sidebar). I started blogging in early 2001 as one of the first 50,000 active bloggers on the planet (or so I was told).