Hi, I’m Jack Reid. I’m a software engineer for BuzzFeed, living in South London.
At BuzzFeed I work on building websites. My projects there have been pretty varied; if you’re interested you can read a bit more about my work history here. It’s certainly a better account of me than my GitHub or my LinkedIn. Something that’s a common thread through my whole time and BuzzFeed and earlier is a focus on accessible web technology, there’s a bit more about that on the work page too.
Outside of BuzzFeed my personality is unfortunately a thin layer over the last few things I’ve read, listened to, or watched. For that reason most of this website is a catalog of the media I’ve consumed and enjoyed. My degree was English & Politics in name but a mixture of political science, critical theory and digital humanities in practice. That’s formed a lot of my interests ever since. I also think it’s partly why I’m so interested in the media diet. I think we should take media very, very seriously.
I track the films I’ve watched and the books I’ve read, but I also post highlight from articles I read online. You can even see what I’ve got saved to read later in Pocket. I haven’t really worked out a way to do something similar for music and podcasts yet, but rest assured I’m consuming that an unhealthy rate too. Read more about this weird media diet fixation here.