I am Shane Smith, co-founder of VICE (magazine) and two-time traveler to North Korea. AMA.
I'm Shane Smith, co-founder of VICE, a magazine I started in Montreal in 1994 that has since grown into a global media company in 30 countries. I also went to North Korea twice, and starred in the VICE Guide to North Korea, which featured footage of my trip. You can watch it here. Most recently I went to Liberia, a war-torn country in Africa plagued with heroin dens, teenage prostitution, and even cross-dressing cannibals; and then to the North Korean labor camps hidden in the forests of Siberia.
Ask me anything about myself, my company, my trips - anything.
NOTE: I'll be able to respond mostly between 2-4p EST, but will try and reply whenever I can before then.
EDIT (5p): Thanks for all the comments and posts. My fingers are all fucked up from trying to keep up with you all and I have to go work on my latest Afghanistan suicide bomber piece. Thanks again. It was really great for me to talk to you if only for a few hours. I like you.