After two decades online, I'm perplexed. It's not that I haven't had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I've met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I'm uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community. Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems. And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
My Story Into A Conference (3): What Did You Think About the Internet in 1995?
Searching for material, I found a historic article on how perceptions about technological change can be invalidated in a short while. On Feb. 27, Clifford Stoll, a known astro-physicist and computer network administrator, wrote in NEWSWEEK ("The Internet? Bah! HYPE ALERT: WHY CYBERSPACE ISN'T, AND WILL NEVER BE, NIRVANA"):