About Victor

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My name is Victor Luckerson and I’m a staff writer for The Ringer. I primarily write aboutĀ the fast-changing world of consumer tech, in particular how it interacts with both culture and politics. My stories have ranged from an investigation about why the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air isn’t on Netflix to an analysis of how job automation could create an avenue for more extreme political candidates. I let my curiosity about the world dictate the stories I write, and I prefer to assume the role of the engaged questioner rather than the authority decreeing that a person, place or thing is important for X reason. I like telling stories, even if the narrative is simply explaining how I arrived at a conclusion within my own mind (this story about Lil Yachty and nostalgia is a good example of that approach).

Before The RingerĀ I was a reporter at Time magazine. I mostly covered consumer tech with a mix of breaking news coverage, fast-turnaround analysis, and more in-depth features. I also carved out a niche writing about national affairs issues, particularly race. I penned commentaries about the problem with Millennials declaring themselves “colorblind” and analyzed the use of racially loaded language in discussing the Mike Brown and Eric Garner protests. I also spent a week in Selma for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday to explore the resegregation of the nation’s school system. At The Ringer, I’ve continued to pursue this kind of coverage by writing about the feeling of isolation for black tech workers in Silicon Valley and analyzing the effectiveness of social media activism via the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

I’ve also had significant leadership experience. At TIME, I was an editor of Time.com’s homepage for half a year. My duties included writing appropriate headlines, coordinating coverage of breaking news and assigning stories locations on the home page. When I was in college at the University of Alabama, I was the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper The Crimson White for two years, where we won dozens of regional and national awards for our coverage of social issues on campus and a tornado that ravaged the Southeast in April 2011.

I believe artificial intelligence will bring unprecedented change across many industries, thus drastically impacting our economy and our political process in very unpredictable ways over the next decade (driverless cars being the first big change). So I’m trying to read up as much as I can now and am always looking for a new book suggestion on the topic.