24 Hours in Cyberspace: Painting on the Walls of the Digital Cave

24 Hours in Cyberspace: Painting on the Walls of the Digital Cave

by Rick Smolan
     
 

The 24 Hours in Cyberspace: Painting on the Walls of the Digital Cave live publishing event was the largest ever to take place online. On a single day, 150 professional photojournalists, armed with both film and digital cameras, captured how cyberspace is affecting people around the world. From the 200,000 photographs transmitted to the project's Mission Control…  See more details below

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The 24 Hours in Cyberspace: Painting on the Walls of the Digital Cave live publishing event was the largest ever to take place online. On a single day, 150 professional photojournalists, armed with both film and digital cameras, captured how cyberspace is affecting people around the world. From the 200,000 photographs transmitted to the project's Mission Control headquarters, the best were chosen and published on the 24 Hours in Cyberspace website. Here, in this book, are many of the stories and photographs that chronicle the state of this fledgling technology as it appeared on February 8, 1996.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Smolan, who created the popular "Day in the Life" photo-essay series, and Erwitt, project director of the series, led a team of 150 photojournalists who fanned out across the world on February 8, 1996, to document how the Internet and online communication are changing people's lives. This striking collage is full of remarkable human-interest stories, complemented by more than 200 interesting, sometimes stunning photographs. We see a global village emerging: students in Michigan virtually work alongside archeologists in Egypt as they excavate a fourth-century Coptic monastery; an Inuit boy who travels across Canada's tundra by dogsled sends digital pictures of his life to children around the world; exiled Tibetans and Mexican Zapatista guerrillas seek political support or medical assistance via the Internet. Stories include those of an electronically reconstructed 14-acre AIDS quilt cybermemorial and a Virginia man on death row for a murder he claims he did not commit, who is lobbying for a new trial on a Web page created by a Boston law student. Essays by Paul Saffo, director of the Institute for the Future, examine the Internet as a democratic medium, a market space for businesses, a vital link to medical care, a tool for seeing the planet in new ways. An accompanying CD-ROM contains the entire "24 Hours in Cyberspace" Web site. 200,000 first printing; $500,000 ad/promo; first serial to U.S. News & World Report; author tour. (Nov.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Designed much in the same vein as Smolan's popular "Day in the Life" series (e.g., A Day in the Life of Canada, 1984), this exhaustive photographic tribute provides a glimpse into a single day of life online. With heart-wrenching photos of sick youngsters whose parents find solace in virtual support groups, monks who discover the benefits of laptop computers, and a group of Mexican guerrillas who spell out their political aims through the World Wide Web, this feel-good celebration is hard to fault, even with its unremittingly positive focus. Much of the material here is fascinating, and most folks who pick up this book won't soon put it down. Curiously, the URLs that should accompany the related photos are relegated to an index. The entire project is also available for viewing online at . Recommended for most public libraries.-Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789709257
Publisher:
Que
Publication date:
09/15/1996
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
10.01(w) x 11.41(h) x 1.07(d)

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