With 10 years now under our belt, Word Riot is officially (in Internet years) an old man. Word Riot started as the literary section of an online music magazine called Communication Breakdown. The music magazine’s founder, Paula Anderson, corralled a loose collection of high school and college students she had befriend through various online communities.
We had no idea what the hell we were doing. (Word Riot’s name, for example, has no interesting origin story other than 19-year-old me thinking it sounded punk rock.)
The music magazine slowly faded out, but Word Riot survived. By March 2003 we launched our