Writing

Mo Lotman is a freelance writer currently working on a nonfiction book which examines the effect of technology on society and the planet through the lens of what he calls dis-integration: the active rupture and mediation of relationships integral to flourishing. This dis-integration has ultimately affected our consciousness, which then seeks to replicate the unhealthy patterns of behavior separating us from what we truly need and desire. Both a framework for seeing and a call to action, Mo’s book does not advocate for specific “solutions” but rather invites a transformation of consciousness directing us to the native legacy of integration which we ultimately seek.

Mo began to explore these topics formally in 2015 when he founded The Technoskeptic, a magazine and 501(c)(3) nonprofit promoting critical thinking around the use and impact of technology through original reporting, reviews, commentary, and a podcast. He served as executive director and editor-in-chief from its inception through the publication of a national print edition until he stepped away from the day-to-day operations in 2020. The magazine, since relaunched only online, is now under the managerial direction of Art Keller; Mo continues to serve on the board. Associated with that work, he has given talks on the topic of technology and society at various venues including Harvard and the University of Michigan.

Mo is also the author of Harvard Square: An Illustrated History Since 1950, published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, an imprint of Abrams. The book is a street-by-street, pop-culture time capsule of the famous neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where world leaders, intellectuals, punks, and panhandlers have rubbed elbows over generations. It features over 500 vintage and contemporary photographs and short chapter introductions by famous denizens including John Updike, who called the book “a priceless assemblage.” It was a top-ten local hardcover nonfiction bestseller after release and the #1 Massachusetts travel book on Amazon for several months.

Mo’s work has also appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and the alt-weekly DigBoston. Other experience includes writing press releases and promotional materials for various cultural organizations and editing a pair of career coaching books. He is currently seeking representation for a middle-grade mystery novel, Clotilda Verger and the Secret of Samuel Soule.