The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture

The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture

by Brian Dear

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ISBN-13: 9781101871553
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 1,268,900
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

BRIAN DEAR is a longtime tech-startup entrepreneur and the founder of companies including Coconut Computing, FlatWorks, Eventful, and Nettle. He has also worked at a variety of dot-com companies, including MP3 and eBay, and he worked in computer-based education for eight years, including five on the PLATO system. He has written for Educational Technology, BYTE, IEEE Expert, and San Diego Reader. Dear lives with his wife in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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PREFACE
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
 
Part I THE AUTOMATIC TEACHER
1. Praeceptor Ex Machina 3
2. An Educational Emergency 24
3. The Super-Achiever 43
4. The Diagram 59
5. Soldering Irons, Not Switchblades 75
6. Gas and Glass 92
7. Two’s a Crowd 112
8. Knocking on the Same Doors 134
9. A Fork in the Road 150
10. Lessons Learned 167
 
Part II THE FUN THEY HAD
11. Impeachment 195
12. The New Wave 212
13. The Big Board 225
14. The Killer App 242
15. Empire 261
16. Into the Dungeon 286
17. The Zoo 306
18. Red Sweater 321
19. The Supreme Being and the Master of Reality 344
20. Climbing the Ziggurat 362
21. Coming of Age 377
 
Part III GETTING TO SCALE
22. The Business Opportunity 399
23. The Whim of Iron 435
24. Diaspora 456
25. The Crash Pit 465
26. A Changing of the Guard 486
27. Leaving the Nest 499
Epilogue 517
 
Acknowledgments 525
Interview and Oral History Sources 533
Bibliography 543
Source Notes 557
Index 581

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lived the period at Illinois as a student when Plato was at it's peak and as an administrator at it's demise. Dear captures the big picture and minute detail faithfully, and reliving those times, the fun, the frustrations, and ultimate disaffection with "e-learning" was a greatly appreciated experience.