About

Hello, visitor! My name is Sonya Mann, as indicated by the URL.

Work

I run communications at the Zcash Foundation. Here’s my Keybase profile. If you want to get in touch via Signal, reach out and I’ll give you my number!

General

rabbit illustration by PolyDucks
Avatar created by my friend Polyducks. Rabbits are my favorite animal (followed by beluga whales).

I’m fascinated by microeconomics and tribalism (especially weird subcultures). I read voraciously about the tech and media industries, with some politics thrown in.

This website is where I archive almost everything I’ve made — and sporadically blog about my momentary obsessions. If you’re here to see what my writing is like, head over to the portfolio page next.

Projects

I have a personal newsletter, which goes out once a month, ideally, but sometimes less frequently than that.




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Exolymph was a cyberpunk newsletter — it’s now defunct, but the archives will stay up indefinitely. In addition to general musings on the state of our techno-dystopia, I occasionally interviewed people and wrote flash fiction.

Contact

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or want to chat.

Reading

There are a few ways to keep track of what I’ve been reading. My Pocket recommendations are public, as is my Pinboard profile. Do not interpret bookmarking as implicit endorsement! It’s common for me to read things that I disagree with.

The website you’re surfing right now features a section dedicated to crucial excerpts from interesting essays. However, I don’t actively maintain it.

Lastly, I compiled a list of the thinkers and writers who influenced me the most.

Quotes

Personal heuristics:

  • There are always tradeoffs.
  • The truth is somewhere in the middle.
Sonya Mann's personal emblem via Emojimoji.
Another personal emblem, this time via Emojimoji.

“Ideas about what’s important and valuable are usually thought of as fundamental truths or moral axioms, but are often better modelled as shifting social fictions, local residue of larger-than-human social phenomena, tribal markers, and so on.” — Warg Franklin

“[W]e are all constantly telling and enacting stories about ourselves and the things around us, but we have an enormous and little-explored freedom to change the kind of stories we tell, to break the bounds of conventional genres in search of more effective tales.” — Mike Travers

“I hate ‘debate’. Debate is how to transform the positive-sum game of collaborative thinking into a zero-sum game.” — Zooko Wilcox

“sorry but if sincerely defending your beliefs is clearly and easily distinguishable from trolling then your beliefs are basic” — @literalbanana

left: people are not capable of making good decisions as individuals right: people are not capable of making good decisions as collectives authoritarian: and yet some people do make better decisions than others libertarian: and yet I still insist on making my own decisions
Dan Garfield

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