The Supercreator is a publication about politics and creativity. Creators of all kinds — including writers, journalists, podcasters, video producers, visual artists, activists, musicians, home cooks, pro chefs, software developers, marketing leaders and entrepreneurs — and their fans trust The Supercreator to deepen their understanding of the politicians, power brokers and policies shaping how we work and live in the new economy.
Supercreator Weekly, The Supercreator’s main attraction, is an editorial newsletter delivered each Thursday afternoon featuring deep reporting, original analysis and sharp commentary on the latest news in national politics and pop culture. The Weekly also includes links to headlines you may have missed while you were creating, must-reads from the leading voices on the internet and a few product recommendations to help you consume the internet with style and intention. Occasionally, I’ll include bonus features like interviews with emerging and established creators, reader Q&As and posts that take you behind the scenes into my reporting and writing process. Think of Supercreator Weekly as a conversation we’re having over a drink after work about everything that’s interesting and essential from the political and cultural landscape.
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👋🏾 Hi, hey, hello!
I’m Michael, a New York City-based independent reporter who covers national politics, elections and identity intersect with each other. I write a lot about the Democratic Party, the progressive movement and creator empowerment.
Before I went indie, I produced shopping features, covered the home and tech markets, and wrote a weekly style column in print and digital editorial roles at Lucky, a Condé Nast-owned magazine (RIP!). And before that, I crafted e-commerce copy for ShopBAZAAR — the online shopping companion to Harper’s BAZAAR magazine. I used to publish a cool fashion blog too. And in what feels like a lifetime ago, I designed, developed and delivered learning experiences as a corporate trainer for clients including Bank of America and Chase. I’m also a proud inaugural alum of the On Deck Writer Fellowship.
I launched The Supercreator because I wanted to produce a publication that unapologetically centered the interests of the creative and working classes over the executives, investors, shareholders and celebrities who normally suck up all the cultural and economic oxygen. My intention was also to chip away at the well-crafted veneer tech companies painted on their social apps to obscure their anti-creator business models.
But in the past year, we’ve seen an explosion in the so-called “creator economy” as media organizations have dedicated reporters on the beat and those same tech companies have augmented their apps with tempting monetization tools. These developments (and my cherished journalistic independence) have given me space to think beyond the business of creativity and sharpen my focus on the politics of an industry that impacts a global community of 50 million people and counting.
Meanwhile, we’ve been trained to only participate in democracy in extraordinary times of crisis or during election seasons. But it’s the ordinary moments that determine who gets to be seen, heard and acknowledged when it matters the most.
And politics — with all its warts — is an entree that can not only help you reclaim your seat at the table but also decide what’s served on the menu. Because as politicians bungle the public trust and corporate media organizations reckon with their own institutional shortcomings and tech executives still dictate too many of the rules of engagement, savvy digital creators are wise to this fact: Our wealth, health and well-being depend on whether or not the rich and powerful are accountable to our interests. The Supercreator exists to help you feel less overwhelmed by it all.
But make no mistake: The Supercreator has no ambitions to offer a plain accounting of the news. I’m a reporter by choice and trade, but I’m also human. So while my journalism will always be fair, it will also be written with a clear point of view and with the same friendly, self-assured and skeptical voice I speak with IRL.
If that sounds like your jam, then I hope you’ll come along as I cover the pandemic recovery, the role of race, class and gender in our daily lives, what’s happening at the White House, on Capitol Hill and in the courts, and how American capitalism harms more people than it helps.