Michael Agresta has written about tech, books, film, and TV for Slate, Atlantic, and Wall Street Journal nationally and for Texas Observer and Austin Monthly locally. He's been writing the Chronicle's "Help Desk" tech advice column since August 2014.
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Grand Jury prize-winner tops the list of locals done good – and bad – at Park City
Screens Feature, Feb. 2, 2017
Dark and stormy, with a side of stoner fun
Screens Feature, Nov. 3, 2016
Sixties Cold War caper is a tribute to Dr. Strangelove
Screens Daily, Mar. 15, 2016 7:00 PM
A weird and crazy night in West Hollywood
Screens Daily, Mar. 15, 2016 3:00 PM
Comedy duo screens work in progress
Screens Daily, Mar. 13, 2016 3:00 PM
Family-friendly comedy is quirky fun
Screens Daily, Mar. 12, 2016 5:30 PM
The future of online pictorial language
Screens Feature, Mar. 10, 2016
Don Cheadle does Miles Davis in freak-fusion biopic Miles Ahead
Screens Feature, Mar. 10, 2016
Texas Sundance roundup
Screens Feature, Feb. 4, 2016
Film production services melting pot Arts+Labor eyes a commercial expansion
Screens Feature, Oct. 22, 2015
A smartphone first-timer tries to keep her head above the deep waters of interconnectivity
Screens Column, Aug. 13, 2015
Is it phone addiction or just the modern way to consume information?
Screens Column, Jul. 30, 2015
Surviving Austin's rising cost of living with some help from the "sharing economy"
Screens Column, Jul. 9, 2015
Former teenage Texas film buffs unite on homage-filled cancer comedy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Screens Feature, Jun. 25, 2015
Need a few extra bucks? We look at the tech world's latest apps you can use to supplement your income.
Screens Column, Jun. 25, 2015
Tech-savvy ways to cut expenses
Screens Column, Jun. 11, 2015
Microbudget auteur increases marketability with fitness fable
Screens Feature, May. 28, 2015
Is it possible to find friends on Tinder?
Screens Column, May. 21, 2015
The ins and outs of leaking sensitive information
Screens Column, May. 7, 2015
Is asking your parents to unfriend an ex too much to ask?
Screens Column, Apr. 23, 2015
A drunken violation of digital privacy and how to minimize the damage
Screens Column, Mar. 26, 2015
Brazilian music doc’s charm lies in its archival footage
SXSW Daily, Mar. 19, 2015 2:54 PM
Indie about oddball trio treats trauma with furry tenderness
Screens Daily, Mar. 18, 2015 2:00 PM
Guess which politico Julia Louis-Dreyfus calls “most sponge-worthy”
SXSW Daily, Mar. 17, 2015 3:15 PM
Can basketball star Serge Ibaka go home again?
SXSW Daily, Mar. 17, 2015 8:38 AM
How to interact at SXSW Interactive
Screens Column, Mar. 12, 2015
Mr. Irony tries sincerity with Hello, My Name Is Doris
Screens Feature, Mar. 12, 2015
Should parents have to check their phones at all hours?
Screens Column, Mar. 5, 2015
A business meeting goes well, but there's no follow-through. "Help Desk" to the rescue.
Screens Column, Feb. 19, 2015
Is arguing about anything other than the cuteness of cats and babies on Facebook worthwhile?
Screens Column, Feb. 5, 2015
The rise of flaky daters or just an uptick in choosiness? Help Desk takes a look.
Screens Column, Jan. 22, 2015
Can teens and adults safely connect on social media?
Screens Column, Jan. 8, 2015
Fast shipping, resolution keeping, and holiday sensitive emoji in this week's tech etiquette column
Screens Column, Dec. 23, 2014
Screens Column, Dec. 11, 2014
First-time screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald scores big with The Homesman
Screens Feature, Nov. 26, 2014
What to do when you're faced with a personal crowdfunding conundrum
Screens Column, Nov. 26, 2014
Is Venmo tearing a relationship apart or pointing out a weakness?
Screens Column, Nov. 13, 2014
A teacher wonders if her sexy Groot Halloween costume will get her into trouble online
Screens Column, Oct. 30, 2014
Docs cheer a legendary dancehall and a favorite hometown weirdo
Screens Daily, Oct. 29, 2014 10:00 AM
John August takes his Scriptnotes podcast to church
Screens Daily, Oct. 26, 2014 8:37 AM