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Chris Ruen

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Chris Ruen
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Chris Ruen is an author from Brooklyn whose essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The New York Press and Stereogum. He is a former Contributing Editor for the internationally-distributed Cool ‘Eh Magazine and has covered music culture for Tiny Mix Tapes, a Minneapolis-based online music magazine. While studying at the University of Minnesota, he founded The Wake, a student magazine that went on to earn national recognition in 2006 as “Best Campus Publication” by the Independent Press Association. Ruen’s authorial debut, FreeLoading: How Our Insatiable Appetite For Free Content Is Starving Creativity, was published in 2012 by O/R Books in the US and Canada. The book will be published in Australia/New Zealand via Scribe Publications this coming March. Aided by the participation of musicians and professionals from Brooklyn’s independent music scene, FreeLoading re-examines the music industry’s travails with digital piracy over the past decade as a means of exploring why it matters whether consumers pay for their creative content in the digital age. Ruen’s work is animated by his desire to better understand what it means to be an engaged individual citizen-consumer in our time, as humanity begins to wrestle with this exponentially more technological, “connected” and dynamic new century.
Ruen has appeared onstage in conversation with David Byrne for the Live at NYPL series; has spoken on panels for policy conferences and arts festivals; and has been interviewed by WFMU, The Village Voice and Vol.1 Brooklyn. He also read his entire book (minus the interviews) in a single marathon reading last October.