2010-05-29

The fall of Wired

When I was a teen in the 1990s, one of the biggest events each month was my pilgrimage to the only bookshop in town that sold...



Wired, back then, was about something. About this big new thing, the Internet. About democracy, change, and a whole new conception of life. About cryotechnically-insured, singularity-worshipping, life-extending Californians with toasters running Java. And pretty soon, we'd all have a modem and be like that.

Today, Wired's CD is Agent Smith, and his greatest idea seems to be to make money with downloadable multimedia CD-ROMs. How 1990s!

1 comment:

hxa.name said...

Back then, I used to go to the ICA and get Wired and Mondo 2000.

Mondo 2000 sort-of fizzled out early on -- which, in retrospect, seems much the better end.