Tuesday, February 15, 2011

by Steven Johnson
-quick read, a lot of old info in this...2001.

I liked how this part went back to the good old "cyberspace" vision of William Gibson without mentioning Gibson at all:
"Imagine the universe of HTML documents as a kind of city spread out across a vast landscape...so confusing...that the mapmakers (the Yahoos and Googles of the world) would generate almost as much interest..."

People say, "Where's my jetpack? Where's my flying car?" I'm always thinking, "Where's my cyberspace??"

I liked his other book "Invention of Air." There's a podcast somewhere where he talks to Brian Eno that I remember enjoying. But I think I first learned of his books from Cosma Shalizi (link).