Rewired: An Optimized Web History

Rewired: An Optimized Web History

by David Hudson
     
 

David Hudson charts the course of the Internet from its quiet birth, through its anarchic salad days, to the impact of commercialization of the web and the current rush to convert the Net into a passive infotainment medium. In interviews with Wired editor Louis Rossetto and former Wired contributing writer Paulina Borsook, Hudson takes measure of the magazine that… See more details below

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David Hudson charts the course of the Internet from its quiet birth, through its anarchic salad days, to the impact of commercialization of the web and the current rush to convert the Net into a passive infotainment medium. In interviews with Wired editor Louis Rossetto and former Wired contributing writer Paulina Borsook, Hudson takes measure of the magazine that claims to be "the voice of the digital revolution" and the libertarianism it has helped to promote. Howard Rheingold discusses his current views on virtual communities and his hopes of bringing a more social form of communication to the web, and eight network administrators describe the ideals behind their hands-on efforts to wire their local communities. Surveying the shifting landscape, Hudson unravels the fringe ideas of a technotranscendental global consciousness and Extropian sci-fi dreams of uploading the human mind onto computer hard disks, probes the deeper issues of online identity, privacy and censorship, and explores new forms of publishing and artistic expression.

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An informal, entertaining, yet detailed history of the Internet and its impact on culture, unraveling the fringe ideas of a technotranscendental global consciousness and exploring issues of online identity, censorship, and new forms of artistic expression. Includes interviews with network administrators, Web activists, and writers for "Wired" magazine. For general readers. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9781578700035
Publisher:
Alpha Books
Publication date:
06/01/1997
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.18(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.08(d)

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