Writer Evan Ratliff Tried to Vanish: Here's What Happened

When Sarah Manello heard from a friend about the search for Ratliff, she couldn’t resist. A researcher based in Rochester, New York, Manello had long worked with private investigators, digging up information for defense attorneys and tracking down missing people. She quit a few years ago after growing increasingly dissatisfied with the industry’s tactics. But her skills remained intact. The initial question she posted on Twitter, under the handle ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Derek Hawkins - Nov 28, 2009 - 8:22 AM PST
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Derek Hawkins
4.1
by Derek Hawkins - Nov. 28, 2009

Incredibly fun, engaging narrative that explores what it means to shed one's identity in the digital age. Reporting in the "radical first-person" like this is rare, and when it comes around it's usually noteworthy. No exception here. Ratliff tells his story in fascinating detail, calling attention to aspects of our digital lives that often go unacknowledged.

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Fabrice Florin
3.6
by Fabrice Florin - Dec. 3, 2009

Fascinating account of a Wired reporter's attempt to shed his identity and disappear for a month. The story reads like a detective novel and is generally factual and well-sourced, but I question its relevance as a news report. Great multiplayer game, though.

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Patricia L'Herrou
4.0
by Patricia L'Herrou - Dec. 2, 2009

a fascinating story with full details of most of those involved in the 'finding' of the writer, who experimented with vanishing. the number of people who took up the challenge, and the number who had the skills necessary to follow the writer as he tried to stay undetected.were both surprising. this is a how to do it (or how not from the other side). the determination of the writer was matched by the determination of those looking and it didn't take as long as one might imagine.

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Lon Diffenderfer
5.0
by Lon Diffenderfer - Nov. 28, 2009

I think this is certainly quality journalism. The author probes an interesting topic and shares his experiences (thoughts and feelings as well) with the reader.

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