Jake Pitre

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Jake Pitre is a freelance writer and academic based in Ottawa, Ontario. His work has appeared in Pitchfork, Real Life,  Buzzfeed News, the Globe and Mail, Lapham's Quarterly, the Outline, and Hazlitt.


Cover Photo: Photograph by Andrew Neel/Unsplash; photo illustration by Matt Ortile
For a Freelancer in the Gig Economy, There’s More at Stake Than a Paycheck

Freelancers are turned into abstractions rather than people, recontextualizing the social relations of work in new ways.

Aug 14, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Jeff Widener/Associated Press
Do Memes Change How We Remember History?

“Some memes may actually dissolve the original significance of iconic photographs and potentially degrade, rather than enhance, public culture.”

Apr 22, 2019
Cover Photo: Photographs from VH1 and deviantArt; photo illustration by Matt Ortile
What Does It Mean to Be a Bad Fan on Social Media?

We foster passionate spaces that are beholden to identities in formation and reworking. So, naturally, these spaces can get tense AF.

Mar 04, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Matt Midboe/Flickr; animation by Matt Ortile
The Weird, the Nerdy, the Horny: What Tumblr Gave Us Before It Changed for the Worse

Our lives are lived online, and to ask us to exist homogeneously across all platforms and networks as trackable subjects is a cruel twist of the internet’s potential.

Feb 04, 2019
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How Truthful Depictions of Suicidal Ideation Help Me Resist My Own

If we’re going to spend so much time with suicide in pop culture, I do believe we are owed an honest reckoning with what ideation is, as well as depictions that are truthful rather than dangerous.

Sep 10, 2018