I recently received my PhD from the communication department at the University of Washington.  I specialize in public opinion, political trust and the media. You can find my professional site here.

I have written about culture, politics, and technology for a wide variety of venues. In the past, I’ve written for Salon, the Awl, the Village Voice, the Atlantic online, Esquire online, IdolatorFlagpole, GQ online, Stylus, Popdust, and Under the Radar. You can find my pieces for the Awl here.  I once wrote a very long, well-regarded thing on “Hallelujah.” 

You can reach me at mbarthel@uw.edu. I am on Twitter @michaelbarthel.

I know both the person who invented the “hipster Ariel” meme and a person named Ariel who has red hair and bought large, square glasses two days before the other person created the “hipster Ariel” meme. These two people do not know each other.

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