Ryan Matthew Pierson

A Blog of Ersatz Savvy

"Tales from the Afternow," an audio drama series created by Sean Kennedy, is a compelling journey into a dystopian future. While it is roughly 20 years old at this point, its quality and compelling storytelling holds up.

In the late '90s, a show emerged that was set to drive a stake through the heart of traditional television narratives and production. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (BtVS) wasn’t just a show about a young girl battling the forces of evil; it was a genre-bending, trope-subverting adventure that left an i...

Since the attacks on the morning of October 7, 2023, the news has been dominated by a long-standing debate between Palestinian and Israeli responsibility for violence in the region. Across social media, twenty-something-year-old experts in international affairs and the history of the Middle East hav...

Being part of a fandom should be a positive experience for everyone. Unfortunately, gatekeeping can turn an otherwise friendly fandom into a toxic place very quickly.

Burnout is a common problem that many people face in their personal and professional lives. I’m no stranger to burnout, especially after 16 years of writing about technology.

I joined Twitter back when the company didn't have an E in its name. Back before, most people had never heard of it. Twitter was a news feed for the geeks and nerds of the world. It has changed quite a bit since then.

Working as a tech journalist was a career move I have zero regrets about. The pay was never fantastic, and the content was often a bit dry, but the experience of chasing down leads and telling stories about cutting-edge tech was a life experience like none other.

Time is the most limited resource we all have in our lives. Once it's gone, it's gone forever. Having ADHD, time is easily lost in jumping between projects. Often, a random thought becomes a necessary pursuit that easily consumes your entire day. It's a struggle, and one that most people with ADHD deal with every single day.

I'm watching Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and I can't help but to wonder if I'd make a better Hobbit than Human in Tolkien's Middle Earth.

At the beginning of the pandemic, I decided to take up the hobby of 3D printing. What started as a general interest in creating things that I could enjoy has become a rewarding and challenging hobby.