Maybe not totally wishful thinking.
I haven't read it yet, but it seems that John Markoff's What
the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer,
clearly suggests that the reality of being able to surf the web while eating a
McDonald's hamburger clearly goes against that early (dare I write "original"?)
ethos. Each "revolution" sets apocalyptic goals for itself, only to
see that vision ultimately co-opted into the society at large. We may still be
able to identify still flickering embers of that original vision, hints of an
almost forgotten promise may still echo throughout the web, but on the whole,
the fire has been consumed, the voice silenced.
As we move further and further away from that original promise, we may even question
whether the dream ever really existed. Markoff's book
apparently verifies the fact that, at least in part, that promise was once truly
there. And that should remind us that while there's certainly nothing wrong
with getting quick information while we get our fast food, this wasn't necessarily
the original goal.
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