In September, Thomas B. Goetz MPH ’07, executive director of Wired magazine, curated an art exhibition for the Adobe Museum of Digital Media (AMDM). Turning Data into Meaning was the inaugural exhibition of AMDM’s Curator-in-Residence Program, a new initiative that invites guest curators from the arts, culture, media and technology fields to use the museum’s online exhibition space to explore groundbreaking digital work and illustrate how digital media shapes and impacts today’s society. Goetz presented an analysis of digital data from our online lives and gave new meaning to the information through a series of newly commissioned and found images. The images are based on data sets gathered from across the Internet centering on three themes: Wikipedia as a crowd-sourced network with constantly evolving data; how the Twitter platform of followers, interactions, and re-tweeting ranks its various users; and the impact and fluidity of an online financial social network. His program intends to make visible the way our social lives are digitally quantified.
As executive editor of Wired magazine, Thomas Goetz oversees all aspects of the publication, from story conception to cover packages. In addition to guiding editorial content, Goetz writes frequently for the magazine on health and technology. Recent cover stories include “Your DNA, Decoded,” about the nascent personal genomics industry, “The Truth About Cancer,” about the riddles of early detection, and “The Thin Pill,” about the pharmaceutical industry’s evangelism of metabolic syndrome. His writing has been selected for The Best American Science Writing and The Best Technology Writing anthologies.