The Terminal is a newsletter covering the unusual, marginal and esoteric in the world of business, tech, politics and culture — and especially the nebulous region where all four meet.
It’s written by me, James Hennessy. I’m the editor of Business Insider Australia, and formerly the deputy editor of PEDESTRIAN.TV. My writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Outline, The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, the ABC, SBS and more.
I want to understand our current moment. It’s undeniably strange, but it’s also beholden to many of the same structures and forces which have defined society since time immemorial. The same hucksters are in charge, and the same flimflam men are running the same scams. The technology might have changed, but the story hasn’t. That’s what The Terminal is about.
I write both free and paid newsletters. On the free tier, you will receive one weekly digest of things I’ve been reading and thinking about, plus the occasional free post. For $7 a month or $70 a year, you get access to all of that plus at least two posts per week.
These will contain:
Commentary. If you like the esoterica beat, there’s never been a better time than now. I want to dive behind the headlines and provide a richer understanding.
Reporting. I want to break interesting stories at the fringes.
Interviews. I want to speak to smart, informative people about the topics readers find interesting.
Community. The best Substack newsletters I subscribe to almost justify their price on the community they build around them alone. I want to be responsive to the sorts of things you want to read, and to create a space where interesting people can come together and talk about them.
Sound like your kind of thing? You can subscribe below.
A few popular posts on The Terminal.
An essay about the increasing prevalence of the middleman in the online economy.
An exploration of the buy now, pay later craze.
A tribute to the lost art of the internet argument.
Questions? Comments? Screeds? You can get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.